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Is there a global environmental justice movement?

By Joan Martinez-Alier, Leah Temper, Daniela Del Bene,¬†Arnim Scheidel Abstract One of the causes of the increasing number of ecological distribution conflicts around the world is the changing metabolism of the economy …

Global patterns of metal extractivism, 1950‚Äď2010: Providing the bones for the industrial society’s skeleton

By Anke Schaffartzik, Andreas Mayer, Nina Eisenmenger and Fridolin Krausmann. Abstract During the second half of the 20th century, mining expanded globally and must be considered one of the dominant forms of …

The unequal exchange of Dutch cheese and Kenyan roses: Introducing and testing an LCA-based methodology for estimating ecologically unequal exchange

By Martin Oulu. Abstract The theory of ecologically unequal exchange (EUE) posits that international trade is structurally organized in a manner that allows a net transfer of resources from peripheral developing to …

Revisiting the Image of Limited Good. On Sustainability, Thermodynamics, and the Illusion of Creating Wealth

By Paul Trawick and Alf Hornborg. Abstract Two worldviews are now contending for cultural dominance: the open-system model long promoted by economists, here called the ‚Äúimage of unlimited good,‚ÄĚ and a more …

The Gezi Park Resistance from an Environmental Justice and Social Metabolism Perspective

By Beg√ľm √Ėzkaynak, Cem ńįskender AydőĻn, PőĻnar Ert√∂r-AkyazőĻ & Irmak Ert√∂r. Abstract The Gezi Park demonstrations that took place from June 2013 onwards across Turkey generated widespread interest and coverage. The lack …

Reversing the arrow of arrears: The concept of ‚Äúecological debt‚ÄĚ and its value for environmental justice

By Rikard Warlenius, Gregory Pierce and Vasna Ramasar AbstractThe ecological debt concept emerged in the early 1990s from within social movements driven by rising environmental awareness, emerging Western consciousness of responsibility …

An ecosystem service approach to understand conflicts on river flows: local views on the Ter River (Catalonia)

By D√≠dac Jord√† B. Rodr√≠guez-Labajos Abstract Claims for a global agenda addressing the need to protect environmental flows are increasing. In the context of frequent conflicts related to unsustainable exploitation …

Activism Mobilising Science

By Marta Conde. Abstract: The article sheds light on a process where unequal power relations are contested through the co-production of scientific and local knowledge. I argue that lay citizens, communities and …

Social Metabolism and Environmental Conflicts in India

By¬†Joan Martinez-Alier, Leah Temper, Federico Demaria. Abstract This paper explains the methods for counting the energy and material flows in the economy, and gives the main results of the Material Flows …

The god of the mountain and Godavarman: Net Present Value, indigenous territorial rights and sacredness in a bauxite mining conflict in India

By Leah Temper and Joan Martinez-Alier Abstract: This article provides an environmental and institutional history of the highly politicized and contested process of setting a Net Present Value (NPV) for forests …

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