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The Baram Dam Blockade

By Christian Nolle. Deep in the heartland of Sarawak in Borneo close to Brunei runs the river Baram. The Sarawak government wants to erect a Dam on it, as part of the …

This is what 98% of Thessaloniki wants

By Nick Meynen. On May 18, 98% of 218.002 voters said NO to water supply privatization in Thessaloniki. The referendum was organized by a wide range of civil society organizations, together …

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

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, …

Citizens of Antwerp fight back in epic battle over highway versus health

By Nick Meynen. Since 1996, the regional government of Flanders has been trying to build a new highway that would close the ring road around Antwerp. Despite the name, the …

University of Michigan students compile list of top ecological conflicts in US history

By Prof. Rebecca Hardin (University of Michigan). Backstory: Alejandro Colsa Perez walked into my office with a smile last year, and said in his Spaniard’s lilting lisp, “Hi Rebecca! I thought …

Update on landgrabbing in Liberia – a first success

Here is an update on the topic of landgrabbing in Liberia, on which we have reported in a podcast earlier. Liberia is a hotspot of landgrabbing in Africa with more …

Barrick in the doldrums: shareholders angry about Pascua Lama

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 …

Illegal arrest and illegitimate mining in Intag Valley (Ecuador)

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 …

Western consumption: a source of environmental conflicts

By Alma de Walsche, MO* magazine (translated by Nick Meynen). Mining projects, oil and gas extraction, energy crop plantations and tourist resorts are increasingly encroaching on pristine areas. Here they come …

IPCC misguiding the waste sector, GAIA warns

The Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives (GAIA) is concerned over claims included in the latest IPCC WG III Report – Summary for Policy Makers, with regard to climate change mitigation …

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