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Areva’s Uranium Mines, Niger

Introduction When uranium was discovered in impoverished Niger in the 1960s, many thought the discovery would contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Unfortunately, it turned out to …

Land and resource use conflicts on the Island of Karimunjawa, Indonesia

Introduction and Location The Karimunjawa National Park (KNP), situated 80 km off central Java’s northern coast, is made up of 27 islands. It was the first marine park established in Indonesia …

Corn cultivation for biogas in Brandenburg, Germany

Introduction The Chorin Schorfheide biosphere reserve lies in the federal state of Brandenburg, in the Barnim district, around 45 minutes from the German capital Berlin (Figure 1). This reserve, founded in …

The Xolobeni Heavy Minerals Sands Project on the Wild Coast, South Africa

Introduction The proposed mining of sand dunes on the Wild Coast of South Africa, located within the Mgungundlovu and Amadiba tribal administrative area, was due to take place in the late …

The Exxaro Leeuwpan Mining Project near Delmas, South Africa

Introduction Leeuwpan Colliery is located on the Mpumalanga Highveld, less than five kilometres from the town of Delmas, South Africa, approximately 65 kilometres East of Johannesburg (Figure 1). The Highveld is …

Bui Hydroelectric Power dam Project in Ghana

Introduction The Bui hydroelectric dam is located on the borders of the Northern and Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. The Bui Dam is a 400 megawatt hydroelectric project under construction at the …

Deforestation, inter-ethnic conflicts and violence in Gleba Nova Olinda, Pará, Brazil,

Introduction The Gleba Nova Olinda covers a total area of about 87,000 hectares (ha) and is located in the municipality of Santarém, Pará state, Brazil. It is composed of state public …

The Papua New Guinean Liquefied Natural Gas Project

Introduction In 2010, Exxon-Mobil’s subsidiary Esso Highlands started the construction of the PNG LNG (Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas), a USD $19 billion project to produce 6.9 million tonnes (t) …

The Malagrotta landfill and speculation in the Galeria Valley

Introduction Waste management in Rome and its surrounding areas is emblematic of larger sustainability problems related to widespread economic, social and environmental obsolescence in the area. This situation is rooted in …

Castilla Thermal Power Station, Chile

Introduction Copiapo, in the Atacama Region, northern Chile, has approximately 150,000 habitants and a diverse economy where the main economic activity comes from the mining industry, particularly for copper. The second …

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