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By Joan Martinez Alier. When the controversial 1.3 billion dollar Tia Maria copper mining project in Arequipa, Peru seemed to go ahead despite a local referendum and resistance from several villages, …
By Joan Martinez-Alier and Nick Meynen. When Norwegian farmers sailed to and colonized Iceland 1,100 years ago, they organized politically without kings for several centuries. They founded the oldest parliament in …
An analysis of 72 cases of environmental conflict in Colombia in the EJOLT database has been published by Prof. Mario A. Pérez Rincón of CINARA and Universidad del Valle, Cali. …
Chile finally rejected the Hidroaysén project
After 8 years of campaigning under the slogan Patagonia Sin Represas, the Bachelet government in Chile finally rejected the Hidroaysén project. This big victory for environmental justice was celebrated widely in Chile, although caution is certainly still needed. EJOLT's Daniela del Bene reports on the success and the remaining dangers.
Namibia's Uranium Rush
Marta Conde, a PhD candidate at ICTA-UAB and coordinator of EJOLT’s work on nuclear energy, investigates social movements and resistance to resource extraction - with a special focus on uranium mining expansion in Africa. Her documentary comes with a report on the Radiological impact of the Rössing Rio Tinto Uranium Mine and a Study on Low-level radiation of Rio Tinto’s Rössing Uranium mine workers. Workers at Rössing-Rio Tinto mine are dying of illnesses they don’t understand, the water of the Khan River is being polluted in this arid country and the tourism sector could be put in jeopardy if the uranium mining expansion goes ahead. There is not a structured social protest in Namibia regarding the uranium mining expansion. Several workers from Rössing Rio Tinto mine have complained about their illnesses and the Toopnar community is worried but the current chief is willing to talk to the mines, trying to bargain as much as possible for its people. The only active challenge to the mines is carried out by Earthlife Namibia and LaRRI, two local NGOs, who voiced some concerns during a 2008 campaign and now again through the EJOLT project reports. Watch the film.