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Barcelona Premiere of “The Carbon Rush” with Director Amy Miller in attendance

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By Leah Temper On Monday December 2nd, EJOLT in collaboration with Carbon Trade Watch, Ecologistas en Acción y El Observatorio de la Deuda en Globalización and GRAIN will screen the Barcelona …

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EJOLT workshop on Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Ecological Debt

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Invitation and call for papers from the Human Ecology Division, Lund University, Sweden for a workshop on 27-28 March 2014. The Human Ecology Division, Lund University, is pleased to invite EJOLT partners …

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NORWICH DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:

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Money Can’t Buy Environmental Justice THIS DECLARATION EMERGED FROM A WORKSHOP HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA IN NORWICH, ENGLAND ON JUNE 20-22, 2013, ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. WE, AN INTERNATIONAL …

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Crude Justice & Ecocide in the Niger Delta

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By Leah Temper. Oil permeates our existence. From water bottles, plastics, fuels and paints to fertilizers, fabrics and solvents. Yet despite its ubiquity, the reality of the infrastructure behind oil extraction …

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General News

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How Switzerland helps commodity companies dodge billions in taxes

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By Jakob Villioth. Thanks to low taxes and weak government regulation, Switzerland has developed into a commodity hub where commodity trading and extractive companies earn billions. At least 20 percent of …

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Decoupling 2: A new report by the International Resource Panel

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By Jakob Villioth. Last week the Decoupling Working Group of the International Resource Panel (IRP) has presented its second report on “Decoupling technologies, opportunities and policy options (2014)”. The IRP is …

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International Law and Ecological Debt

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According to Antoni Pigrau, Professor of Public International Law at the Catalan Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) “Classic international law (1648-1945) can be seen as a legitimizing tool for the …

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Campaign to hold criminals responsible for ecocide wraps up

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By Nick Meynen On August 6 we reported on an European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to call for a law of Ecocide in the EU. End Ecocide in Europe is a grass-roots …

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Map of Environmental Conflicts in Brazil

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By Joan Martinez Alier December 22nd, 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Chico Mendes (1944-1988) who defended the Amazon against deforestation in Acre, Brazil. Chico Mendes was a rubber gatherer …

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Patrick Bond on Climate Justice and the Ecological Debt, after the Warsaw Fiasco

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By Jaisal Noor from The real news. Interview (audio) with Patrick Bond, director of the Center for Civil Society and a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He’s …

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Human appropriation of biomass energy doubled in the 20th century

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By Nick Meynen. How do we measure the scale of human activities compared to natural processes? As we evolved from a world almost empty of humans to a full world, that …

BP summoned to answer for assault on Mother Earth for Gulf of Mexico spill

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by Oilwatch The defence of the rights of the sea as an integral part of Mother Earth is being pursued in Ecuador using the Rights of Nature recognised in 2008 Ecuadorian …

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A call to action for Environmental and Climate justice

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“After the success achieved with convincing Italians to vote against water privatization, Italian civil society is now calling to action for a broader set of goals on Environmental and Climate …

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Opinion

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Linking Degrowth to Environmental Justice

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For “Scharf-links”, a German online newspaper, Dr. Joachim Spangenberg , co-chair of EJOLT’s steering committee, spoke about the activities of EJOLT and the link between Environmental Justice and Degrowth, looking …

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The war against environmentalism

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By Joan Martinez Alier. The Hindutva nationalist right-wing prime minister Modi in India is rallying against Environmental Justice Organisations (EJOs) financed by foreign money. High on his list are EJOs from …

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Environmentalism is not just personal, it is political

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By Nick Meynen. In the TV documentary series “Years of living dangerously”, Thomas Friedman goes to Syria to make the link between climate change and war. He also talks with Condoleezza …

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Patrick Bond on Climate Justice and the Ecological Debt, after the Warsaw Fiasco

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By Jaisal Noor from The real news. Interview (audio) with Patrick Bond, director of the Center for Civil Society and a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He’s …

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The sinking shipping industry: dream or nightmare?

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By Nick Meynen. Warren Buffet is bearish on the shipping industry. The Economist blames all sorts of green regulations for their troubled waters. But while the industry presents itself as green and …

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Rafael Correa, Marx and extractivism

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By Joan Martinez-Alier. President Rafael Correa of Ecuador asks when and where Marx criticizes mega-mining. In various interviews, Correa, the mouthpiece of mega-mining and the expansion of oil exploitation, has …

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The Colombian mining locomotive has halted

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by Joan Martínez-Alier. President Santos of Colombia continues to preach the virtues of what he calls the “mining locomotive” of the economy, based mainly on coal, nickel and gold. But this …

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Is Umicore really the most sustainable company in the world?

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

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“Blood diamond” regulation system broken – but where to look for blame?

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By Khadija Sharife and Nick Meynen.  Ever since the international approval of Zimbabwean diamonds for export, the international regulatory system to prevent ‘blood diamonds’ from entering the market is broken. By …

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To Cook a Continent: book review

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Instead of asking the question what can be done about or for Africa, Nnimmo Bassey asks a much more pertinent question: what is being done to Africa and how should …

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Events

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Ecological debt and Ecological Unequal Exchange: report from an activist – academics debate

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By Nick Meynen Some 40 to 50 scientists and activists specialised in ecological debt (ED) and ecological unequal exchange (EUE) gathered on 27 and 28 March in Lund, Sweden. The workshop …

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Environmental justice in the EU and beyond

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Save the date for an environmental justice conference & debate in Brussels where EJOLT will launch the Atlas of Environmental Justice, on 19 March. CLICK HERE to make your registration As global …

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EJOLT workshop on Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Ecological Debt

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The Human Ecology Division from Lund University, Sweden, invites you all to this 2-day workshop on March 27-28, 2014. If you want to participate – please let Alf Hornborg know: …

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