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Medha Patkar and India’s environmental justice party

By Joan Martinez-Alier. Since the 1980s, Medha Patkar has been one of the top environmental activists from India, engaging initially with the Narmada Bachao Andolan against dams (movement to save the …

The shipping industry: regulating the freeloaders

By Nick Meynen The unequal ecological exchange and environmental injustice in this hard to regulate global industry are so big and persistent that the industry keeps producing one damning fact after …

Fracking ban expanding in Spanish regions

By Amaranta Herrero Fracking, or hydraulic fracture is a technique to extract shale gas in which rock is fractured by drilling a well and injecting a pressurized toxic liquid made of …

Landgrabbing in Cameroon

By Julien-Fran√ßois Gerber Since 2000, foreign governments and corporations have bought or leased over 56 million hectares in Africa, an area almost the size of Kenya.1 Palm oil is a major …

New Indian Party fights for social and environmental justice … and wins

By Daniela Del Bene A new force is shaking things up in Indian politics. In December, the new Aam Aadmi Party (the ‚ÄĚCommon Man Party‚ÄĚ) contested the Delhi legislative assembly election …

A change of image in Uruguay: president Mujica as the iron man

By Joan Martinez-Alier President Pepe Mujica has certainly deserved sympathy for his historical path as a former imprisoned tupamaro (a left-wing liberation movement), his sense of humor and the modesty in …

Hidden water flows and the perversities of gold mining

By Diana Vela Almeida Large scale gold mining, more than any other economic activity; provokes the greatest number of negative impacts relative to its scale of operation. Gold mining damages local …

Mountains of Faith? The Church Takes on Large-Scale Mining

By¬†Luis Manuel Claps¬† Faith and large-scale mining have something in common: they both move mountains. On many occasions, the Church has been an obstacle to industry‚Äôs efforts to expand into Latin …

Electrify -and Scorch- Africa

By Amanda Blank Africa is a significant exporter of cheap energy, namely dirty fuels like gas, oil, coal, and uranium for nuclear energy. While energy is cheaply exported, the local consequences …

Patrick Bond on Climate Justice and the Ecological Debt, after the Warsaw Fiasco

By¬†Jaisal Noor from The real news. Interview (audio) with Patrick Bond, director of the Center for Civil Society and a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He’s …

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