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By Nick Meynen. El Niño translates to ‘the boy‘ and in his case, the child is unwanted. El Niño is a periodic climate phenomenon that occurs when a vast pool of …
By Joan Martinez-Alier. Public protests against the construction of dams in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh in North East India have been going on for some years. In the whole …
By Nick Meynen. Saturday 21 May is the 3rd international day of action against Chevron. At this occasion, a new map with 30 conflicts between Chevron and different communities all over …
Algeria cancels fracking plans
Algeria cancels fracking plans until at least 2022, after fierce protests in the south of the country, for the first time ever targeting the hydrocarbons sector. Prime Minister Sallal was quoted saying “Between shale gas and water, the Algerian people will choose water”. The global rush on fracking still brings misery, but the fracking madness also stirs new groups of people into action, creating new spaces of resistance.
Latest Peer reviewed publication
Mining operations have high social and environmental impact potential, and the increasing extraction and use of metals is likely to fuel socio-ecological conflicts. The Viennese Ejolt team has published a global, quantitative analysis of metal flows that provides insights on the patterns and potential consequences of (neo-)extractivism with regard to metals. Such an analysis allows activists, researchers, and local populations who are struggling with negative impacts from mining operations to see similar patterns of drivers and pressures in other cases, too. The combination of insights from local and global studies will improve understanding of the resulting potential for conflict and of the precursors to necessary change.
Material flow accounting, Mining, Metals, Trade, Extractivism