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Mining and Ship Breaking


To study the links between the increased metabolism of the economy and environmental damage, EJOLT looks at mining conflicts (of precious metals & bulk materials) and waste disposal conflicts (ship breaking, e-waste exports and waste incineration). Local communities occupying ‘priceless sites’ oppose mining in ecologically sensitive areas (such as Intag, Ecuador) or certain technological practices, such as the use of cyanide, and other corporate practices. We shall elaborate on risk assessment and undertake work to publicize violations of the Basel Treaty on the export of toxic waste (such as European ships dismantled in Alang and Sosiya, India). We will conduct a legal analysis of liability regimes in national, international and European laws.

Sharing of landmark cases on mining and ship-breaking conflicts worldwide will help us to elaborate online training materials. Our aim is to have a debate on the health risks and ecosystem destruction that come with resource extraction. In the end we will develop strategies for legal redress and public consultation in ways that take local activist knowledge into account.

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Death of a Shuar leader resisting Ecuador’s Mirador mine

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 …

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

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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Uranium mining, unveiling the impacts of the nuclear industry

Ejolt report 15: Uranium mining, unveiling the impacts of the nuclear industry The report can be downloaded here. The policy briefing is here. Abstract Uranium mining and milling comprise the first phase of the nuclear …

Activism Mobilising Science

By Marta Conde. Abstract: The article sheds light on a process where unequal power relations are contested through the co-production of scientific and local knowledge. I argue that lay citizens, communities and …