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Scientific Papers

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 …

Between activism and science: grassroots concepts for sustainability coined by Environmental Justice Organizations

By Joan Martinez-Alier et al. Abstract In their own battles and strategy meetings since the early 1980s, EJOs (environmental justice organizations) and their networks have introduced several concepts to political ecology …

The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity: Recent instances for debate

By Beatriz Rodr√≠guez‚ÄźLabajos and Joan Martinez-Alier Abstract After 1992 many conservation biologists thought that the use of economic instruments would be more effective to halt biodiversity loss than policies based on setting …

Climate change, ecosystem services, and costs of action and inaction: scoping the interface

By¬†Beatriz Rodr√≠guez‚ÄźLabajos Abstract¬†Cost calculations related to climate change have accrued much¬†intellectual effort. However, few works approach the assessment from the¬†point of view of the effects of climate variability and change in¬†ecosystem …

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