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The resistance against the giant Vale mining company is growing worldwide

By Carolina Herrmann Coelho-de-Souza  (hcarolin at yahoo.com) In 2012, Vale was chosen as the world’s worst corporation in the Public Eye Awards, the “Nobel” of global corporate shame. In the same …

Complete and utter chaos at Chrissiesmeer, South Africa.

By Franz Fuls.  During a chaotic public meeting Xstrata’s successor, Msobo Coal, announces its plans to mine inside the Chrissiesmeer Biodiversity Area, Mpumalanga, South Africa. On 26 March 2013 Msobo Coal held …

BRICS meet for the scramble of Africa (the sequel)

By Nick Meynen. When in 2001 the term BRIC was coined to group emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China – nobody saw them as a block challenging the likes …

Rio Tinto in Madagascar: 15 activists arrested

Those dispossessed of their land by the Rio Tinto/QMM mining project in Taolagnaro (southeastern Madagascar) are asking for a fair compensation since 2010. Perle Zafinandro Fourquet and her friends created …

Rafael Correa, Marx and extractivism

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 …

Late lessons from early warnings: hard facts, soft conclusions

By Nick Meynen. In 2001, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched a groundbreaking report: ‘Late lessons from early warnings. The Precautionary Principle 1896-2000’. It spanned a wide range of environmental problems, …

TES6 and its co(a)llateral damage in Slovenia and the EU

By Lidija Zivcic The economics make no sense, the legality is questionable and it’s an environmental nightmare. Meet one of Europe’s biggest aspiring polluters: the TES6 project in Slovenia. The economics: on …

Entropy

A simple way to grasp the fundamental meaning of entropy is to consider that all processes of change are irreversible. Examples include natural processes, such as the growing of a …

It is time the EU scraps its carbon Emissions Trading System

A huge group of civil society organisations[i] is calling on the EU to abolish its Emission Trading System (ETS) to open space for truly effective climate policies. Today they release …

The Colombian mining locomotive has halted

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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