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Scientific Papers

Social Metabolism and Environmental Conflicts in India

By Joan Martinez-Alier, Leah Temper, Federico Demaria. Abstract This paper explains the methods for counting the energy and material flows in the economy, and gives the main results of the Material Flows …

The god of the mountain and Godavarman: Net Present Value, indigenous territorial rights and sacredness in a bauxite mining conflict in India

By Leah Temper and Joan Martinez-Alier Abstract: This article provides an environmental and institutional history of the highly politicized and contested process of setting a Net Present Value (NPV) for forests …

Between activism and science: grassroots concepts for sustainability coined by Environmental Justice Organizations

By Joan Martinez-Alier et al. Abstract In their own battles and strategy meetings since the early 1980s, EJOs (environmental justice organizations) and their networks have introduced several concepts to political ecology …

The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity: Recent instances for debate

By Beatriz Rodríguez‐Labajos and Joan Martinez-Alier Abstract After 1992 many conservation biologists thought that the use of economic instruments would be more effective to halt biodiversity loss than policies based on setting …

Climate change, ecosystem services, and costs of action and inaction: scoping the interface

By Beatriz Rodríguez‐Labajos Abstract Cost calculations related to climate change have accrued much intellectual effort. However, few works approach the assessment from the point of view of the effects of climate variability and change in ecosystem …

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