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A Canadian company, the police in Greece and democracy in the country that invented it

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Unprovoked chemical attacks on civilians, 3AM raids on houses and violent police attacks on peacefully demonstrating women. You’re excused for thinking this is Syria or even Peru or Turkey, but …

Turkey’s Tree Revolution – part 2: Everyday I’m chapulling*

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*Turkish word now meaning “fighting for your rights” (see wiki).  The lack of consultation, the aggressive police intervention and the conversion of public space into private space explain why the occupation …

Turkey’s ‘tree revolution’ – part 1

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Environmentalists have been protesting for months against a plan to swap trees for a shopping mall in Gezi Park at Istanbul’s Taksim Square. When riot police chased them away, the …

Unburnable fuels and the myth of shale-gas in Europe

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By Nick Meynen. The scene in the film Gasland, where landowner Mike Markham ignites gas mixed with water from a running water tap in his home mobilized more people than …

Tree plantations: conflicts, trends and resistance. Updated report in Bahasa

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The work done in EJOLT is recognised by environmental justice organisations in many corners of the world. Recently, the largest Indonesian environmental organisation – WALHI or Friends of the Earth …

Ecological Economics from the Ground Up

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‘This book represents one serious effort by an international group of researchers, under the direction of one of the finest ecological economists of our time – Professor Joan Martínez-Alier, to …

How to Yasunize the world: Don’t burn the Unburnable Fuels

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On May 9, for the first time ever, the world’s longest-running, high-precision instrument to record atmospheric CO2 hit the 400ppm level. 275ppm was the norm before the industrial revolution. The …

Political Declaration on Extractives Assembly from the World Social Forum

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The following declaration is the result of the World Social Forum Extractives Assembly. Some EJOLT collaborators joined the discussions and EJOLT supports this declaration: We, organisations assembled here, bear witness to …

BOOK review: Geo-engineering conflicts

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By Joan Martinez-Alier. Clive Hamilton, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering, Yale University Press, 2013, 288pp Many ecological economists know at least one book co-authored in 1997 by Australian …

Choosing between coal or wetlands in Chrissiesmeer

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By Franz Fuls. As a developing country, the South African government has identified coal as a primary energy source. It grants permission to extract minerals through mining rights. Xstrata recently sold …

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