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Extractive periphery / world-system analysis

According to mainstream economic theory, the basis for international trade is the existence of inter-regional differences in endowments of natural resources (and therefore raw materials), technology and climatic conditions. Hence, …

Commodity chains

A commodity chain is defined as ‚Äėa network of labour and production processes whose end result is a finished commodity‚Äô (Hopkins and Wallerstein, 1986:159). Over time, different methodologies have emerged …

David VanWyk on South Africa 2

South Africa causes 98% of air pollution in Africa and 86% of waste in Africa – mainly due to the heavy impacts of mining. The¬†Marikana Massacre¬†in South Africa was followed …

David VanWyk on platinum mining 1

The¬†Marikana Massacre¬†in South Africa was followed by wide spread mining unrest, which is seen as a sign of a deeper crisis. David VanWyk does research for the¬†Bench Marks foundation¬†(a project …

Mining conflicts around the world: the environmental justice perspective

Between 1970 and 2004, the global extraction of major metals grew by over 75 percent, industrial minerals by 53 percent, and construction materials by 106 percent Contrary to beliefs that …

Silas Siakor: landgrabbing in Liberia 2

In this second podcast with Silas Siakor we dig further in the dirty deals of landgrabbing in Liberia. Women have been put out of jobs and the jobs that the …

Watch an EJOLT movie on the Sarayaku v. Ecuador

Arturo Hortas has made a¬†new documentary¬†for ¬†EJOLT. The documentary is on the case Sarayaku v. Ecuador. As we¬†reported earlier, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled in favor of …

Silas Siakor: landgrabbing in Liberia

In this podcast we dig into one of the poorest countries in the world: Liberia. Huge landgrabs are taking place above the heads of people that own and farm the …

Material flow analysis

Material flow analysis (MFA) is a specific environmental accounting approach for quantifying social metabolism at various geographic and institutional scales. MFA at the national level (denoted as economy-wide MFA ‚Äď …

Weak vs. Strong sustainability

Capital is often defined as a stock that possesses the capacity to generate a flow of goods and services that satisfy human needs. It is disaggregated into four different types: …

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