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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: …

Environmental impact assessments (EIA)

Developed in the mid-1970s, environmental impact assessments (EIA) have been increasingly applied to large and medium-sized development proposals. An EIA is an assessment of the possible impacts ‚Äď positive or …

Natural resource economics and ‚Äėsustainable‚Äô extraction

The economics of natural resources has a relatively long history dating back to Malthus and Jevons in the nineteenth century and to Hotelling in the 1930s. Hotelling (1931) developed an …

Peak oil

Today, with the depletion of ‚Äėproved reserves‚Äô of oil being only about 40 years away at current consumption rates (BP, 2008), the debate around the limits of non-renewable resources is …