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It is time the EU scraps its carbon Emissions Trading System

A huge group of civil society organisations[i] is calling on the EU to abolish its Emission Trading System (ETS) to open space for truly effective climate policies. Today they release …

The Colombian mining locomotive has halted

by Joan Mart√≠nez-Alier. President Santos of Colombia continues to preach the virtues of what he calls the ‚Äúmining locomotive‚ÄĚ of the economy, based mainly on coal, nickel and gold. But this …

Italian company Tozzi green is grabbing land in Madagascar

Madagascar was in the international spotlight in 2009, after an attempted deal with South Korean company Daewoo with ambitions to lease half the country‚Äôs area sparked widespread protests lead to …

Fight against the El Zapotillo dam saves Temaca

By Beatriz Rodr√≠guez Labajos. For eight years, the inhabitants of Temacapul√≠n, Acasico and Palmarejo in Jalisco, Mexico, have been resisting the disappearance of their town or village. The construction of the …

UN Summit on development in a country pillaged by landgrabbing

The United Nations meeting in Liberia on a new global development framework is taking place in a country pillaged by landgrabs. Silas Siakor explained in one of EJOLTs podcasts how …

Is Umicore really the most sustainable company in the world?

By Nick Meynen UMICORE is elected as the ‘most sustainable company in the world‚Äô. A Canadian magazine that claims to defend ‚Äėclean capitalism‚Äô has put the Belgian company at number 1 …

Dutch Court Rules Against Shell for damages in Nigeria

The ruling by a Dutch court on January 30, 2013 holding Shell responsible for the pollution of farmlands at Ikot Ada Udo (Nigeria) is a step towards environmental justice. However, …

Madagascar: Local protests against Rio Tinto

By Vahinala Douguet1 When protestors kept 200 workers from Rio Tinto hostage in their own mining site, including the boss of Rio Tinto in Madagascar, a mining conflict reached its boiling …

Local referendums on mining: the Ka√Īaris in Peru

By Joan Martinez-Alier. Latin America has turned to local referendums in mining conflicts. The precursors include Tambogrande in northern Peru, and Esquel in Patagonia in Argentina a little over ten …

Carbon markets: the sound of air escaping

By Nick Meynen. Carbon markets do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have worked as a subsidy system for polluters, increase social and environmental conflicts, are a playground for fraudulent networks and …


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