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Feature Map on the Permanent Peoples Tribunal Hearing on Corporate Human Rights Violations and Peoples Access to Justice

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On the anniversary of the UNHRC resolution, as states prepare for the first meeting of the intergovernmental working group for the elaboration of a UN Treaty on transnational corporations and …

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EJOLT conference on environmental justice: the report

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After 4 years of work by around 100 people in over 30 countries, the EJOLT conference on environmental justice showed what the international project on Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and …

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Global Atlas of Environmental Justice re-launches website tracking ecological conflicts globally

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PRESS RELEASE. Brussels, Tuesday 3 March. New platform integrates geo-spatial data to present conflicts in context and expands its coverage The EJOLT project launches today a new phase of the Global Atlas …

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The difference that EJOLT has made

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Dear EJOLT fan As we approach the end of the EJOLT project we like to introduce you to each other and look back to some of our highlights. There are 200.000 …

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New factsheets on mining and nuclear energy

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Big news from the resource library section: 16 new factsheets came online! These are well documented cases of environmental justice struggles, fully hyperlinked and in a nice layout. The batch …

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Environmentalism and anti-colonialism are dangerous activities in a country like Niger

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By Nick Meynen. In the shadow of French President Hollande’s West-Africa Tour, dissenting views on extraction and environmental justice were silenced. In Niger, ten members of the Network of organizations for …

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Environmental (in)justice and the role of European companies

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The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations dedicated to safe, clean and just ship recycling, organised a debate on “Environmental (in)justice and …

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Turkey’s Map of Environmental Injustices is now online!

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By Begum Ozkaynak and BOG – Bogazici University- EJOLT team “The Map of Environmental Injustices in Turkey” that we have been engaged in as EJOLT-Turkey, with the Political Ecology Working Group in …

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The Pope says NOPE (Not on Planet Earth) to Fracking and Mega-mining

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Pope Francisco welcomed a group of Argentineans, including an EJOLT member,  Antonio Gustavo Gomez, an Attorney General from Argentina, yesterday on November 11th, 2013, in the Vatican. The meeting lasted …

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Call for papers for a Special Issue on “mining conflicts and environmental justice”

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The growth in consumption and production has escalated the need for energy and raw materials, with resource use reaching exceptionally high levels worldwide. Contrary to beliefs that the economy will decouple from …

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General News

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Environmental Justice documentary: “We are here to stay”

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We are here to stay! is a new LaMCA-EJOLT documentary where scholars, activists and people suffering environmental injustices provide their views and testimonies on environmental justice. LaMCA is the environmental …

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Communities Unite to Say Yes to Life, No to Mining

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By Hannibal Rhoades. Healthy land, water, air and life-sustaining livelihoods are good enough reasons for many communities around the world to resisting particular mining activities. A new web platform, inspired by …

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Death of a Shuar leader resisting Ecuador’s Mirador mine

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By Domingo Ankuash On 3 December the dead body of anti-mining leader José Isidro Tendetza Antun, trustee Shuar Community Yanúa, El Pangui Canton province of Zamora, was found. He had been missing …

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Building an economy on quicksand

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By Jakob Villioth. Sand has by now become the most widely consumed natural resource on the planet after fresh water. [1] The annual world consumption of sand is estimated to be …

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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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The “mining massacre” in Turkey following the explosion in the coal mine in Soma

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By Pınar Ertör-Akyazı, Cem İskender Aydın, Begüm Özkaynak, Irmak Ertör. Hundreds of workers were killed following an explosion on Tuesday, May 13, in the coal mine close to the town of Soma, …

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Barrick in the doldrums: shareholders angry about Pascua Lama

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By Joan Martinez Alier. For many years, Barrick Gold has been heavily investing in the ill-fated project of Pascua-Lama in Chile, despite the local opposition. Communities resist the destruction of glaciers …

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Illegal arrest and illegitimate mining in Intag Valley (Ecuador)

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By Carlos Zorrilla. On April 10, 2014, the campesino leader Javier Ramirez of Intag Valley (Ecuador) was arrested without an arrest warrant outside of Quito. He was returning from a meeting …

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Robert Goodland obituary

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By Joan Martinez-Alier Robert Goodland, a Canadian ecologist, was a specialist in tropical ecology. He died on 28 December 2013. In 1974 he authored a landmark book on the Amazon, From …

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Glencore-Xstrata flips in the Philippines

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by Joan Martinez-Alier Glencore-Xstrata causes many socio-environmental conflicts around the world. A well-known case to EJOLT researchers is in Catamarca, Argentina, the copper mine in Bajo la Alumbrera. Another one is …

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Opinion

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Is Greece Greening?

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By George Tsolakis (Ecocity). Greece just experienced the most quiet pre-elections period in my living memory. No big crowd gatherings in streets and squares, no shouting’s, no flags waving, no …

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Criminal case against “industrial ecocide” in Sonora, Mexico?

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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, …

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Building an economy on quicksand

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By Jakob Villioth. Sand has by now become the most widely consumed natural resource on the planet after fresh water. [1] The annual world consumption of sand is estimated to be …

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Can “Natural Capital Accounting” Come of Age in Africa?

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By Patrick Bond. In early June, a University of Pretoria conference at the Governance Innovation Centre [2], keynoted by Indian eco-feminist Vandana Shiva, contemplated how to go “beyond GDP.” The current …

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Paladin lies to Malawi Government on its Kayelekera uranium mine

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By William Nyirenda, Citizens for Justice. It has been over a year now since Paladin started threatening to shut down the Kayelekera Uranium Mine, following a continuous trend of losses. Finally, …

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Colombia’s environmental conflicts

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By Joan Martinez-Alier. Thanks to Mario A. Perez’s work on the EJOLT inventory of environmental conflicts supported by his research students at CINARA and the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, …

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Victory: no more Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Laciana Valley (Spain)

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By: Amaranta Herrero. On the 14th of February, the regional government of Castilla y León cancelled the plan for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining (MRT) in Laciana Valley (Spain). During the last …

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The shipping industry: regulating the freeloaders

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By Nick Meynen The unequal ecological exchange and environmental injustice in this hard to regulate global industry are so big and persistent that the industry keeps producing one damning fact after …

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A change of image in Uruguay: president Mujica as the iron man

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By Joan Martinez-Alier President Pepe Mujica has certainly deserved sympathy for his historical path as a former imprisoned tupamaro (a left-wing liberation movement), his sense of humor and the modesty in …

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Hidden water flows and the perversities of gold mining

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By Diana Vela Almeida Large scale gold mining, more than any other economic activity; provokes the greatest number of negative impacts relative to its scale of operation. Gold mining damages local …

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Events

Access to Justice and Extractive Industries

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UPDATE – full video of the event on youtube. On March 13, a panel of international legal and industry experts discuss the fraught world of environmental justice, human rights, minerals and …

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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 field trip to Bulgaria mine

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From 6 to 11 June, EJOLT partner Za Zemiata guided the ‘EJOLT-nuclear-team’ through the dirt left behind by the nuclear industry in Bulgaria. Literally. We visited an old uranium mine site where …

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