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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 …

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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