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Citizens of Antwerp fight back in epic battle over highway versus health

By Nick Meynen. Since 1996, the regional government of Flanders has been trying to build a new highway that would close the ring road around Antwerp. Despite the name, the …

University of Michigan students compile list of top ecological conflicts in US history

By Prof. Rebecca Hardin (University of Michigan). Backstory: Alejandro Colsa Perez walked into my office with a smile last year, and said in his Spaniard’s lilting lisp, “Hi Rebecca! I thought …

Update on landgrabbing in Liberia ‚Äď a first success

Here is an update on the topic of landgrabbing in Liberia, on which we have reported in a podcast earlier. Liberia is a hotspot of landgrabbing in Africa with more …

Barrick in the doldrums: shareholders angry about Pascua Lama

By Joan Martinez Alier. For many years, Barrick Gold has been heavily investing in the ill-fated project of Pascua-Lama in Chile, despite the local opposition. Communities resist the destruction of glaciers …

Illegal arrest and illegitimate mining in Intag Valley (Ecuador)

By Carlos Zorrilla. On April 10, 2014, the campesino leader Javier Ramirez of Intag Valley (Ecuador) was arrested without an arrest warrant outside of Quito. He was returning from a meeting …

Western consumption: a source of environmental conflicts

By Alma de Walsche, MO* magazine (translated by Nick Meynen). Mining projects, oil and gas extraction, energy crop plantations and tourist resorts are increasingly encroaching on pristine areas. Here they come …

IPCC misguiding the waste sector, GAIA warns

The Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives (GAIA) is concerned over claims included in the latest IPCC WG III Report ‚Äď Summary for Policy Makers, with regard to climate change mitigation …

Yasuni: a new call for help from Ecuador

UPDATE: a sufficient number of signatures has been collected – a national referendum on Yasuni should follow. An update is here. Urgent call: It‚Äôs the 11th hour to Save the Yasuni …

Land-grabbing driven by greed, not by need

By Nick Meynen and Leah Temper When UNEPs International Resource Panel (IRP) presented ‚ÄúAssessing Global Land Use‚ÄĚ at Davos, they said that to prevent the collapse of global ecosystems, greater efficiency …

Is Areva finished in Finland?

By Linda Dubec. In the year 2002, the Finnish Government granted Finnish energy company Teollisuuden Voima, or TVO, permission to build a third nuclear reactor in the nuclear power plant Olkiluoto …

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