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Playing with fire in Iceland

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 …

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Power play at a Thermal Power Plant in Mirzapur

By Debadityo Sinha, Vindhya Bachao. Another 1320 MW thermal power plant is coming up in Mirzapur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The Indian company Welspun’s investment of approx. …

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Arrest of an environmental justice pioneer in Montenegro

By Nick Meynen. On Monday 18 August, at 9:30AM, Montenegro police arrested Naim Prelvukaj, coordinator of the Council for the Prevention of landfill in the village Martinaj. Despite using only peaceful …

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Building an economy on quicksand

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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Rosewood traffic and criminalization of journalists in Madagascar

The logging of rosewood is a very sensitive issue in Madagascar. According to Global Witness and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a dozen private operators and three main companies are …

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Meet the UN Convention that protects environmental whistle-blowers

By Nick Meynen. Environment Ministers and high level officials from all over Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia came to Maastricht in early July to make a renewed commitment to access …

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From safeguards to safeguarding: Engaging indigenous peoples and local communities on REDD+

In May a group of international academics, activists and experts met at the University of East Anglia in Norwich for a think tank on global environmental justice. The key message …

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The Jeannette Kawas National Park in Honduras

By Grettel Navas and Joan Martinez Alier. As the violence in Honduras against environmentalists increases day by day, it is time to remember an old story. In 1995, the Punta Sal …

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Scandal Rocks the TAV High Speed Rail Project in Italy

By CDCA (Centro Documentazione Conflitti Ambientali). In recent months, allegations of corruption and criminal infiltration in major infrastructure projects have been making headlines in Italy. The string of scandals started in …

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How Switzerland helps commodity companies dodge billions in taxes

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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