China’s E-waste: Formal, Informal or the Co-exist of Both?

Liwen Chen, Graduate Student, Geography Department, Memorial University As China produces and consumes more and more electrical and electronic equipment, e-waste generation also takes off. Following the old-for-new scheme practiced between 2009 and 2011, China issued its own Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive in 2012 intended to meet the rising e-waste generation situation. This … Continue reading China’s E-waste: Formal, Informal or the Co-exist of Both?

To stand opposite the government, but not against it: Green Xiaoxiang and environmental participation in Hunan Province, China

Yuanni Wang, Graduate Student in Sociology, Hohai University.  To stand opposite the government, but not against it: this is the basic principle of Green Xiaoxiang, an environmental organization actively promoting pollution monitoring, environmental advocacy and environmental policy research. By sticking to this principle, Green Xiaoxiang has tried to adopt cooperative measures, and have played an effective … Continue reading To stand opposite the government, but not against it: Green Xiaoxiang and environmental participation in Hunan Province, China

Temporary Refuge from Invisible Threats: Outdoor Evacuation Retreats for Children from Fukushima, Japan

Elicia Cousins, doctoral student in Sociology at Northeastern University. Spearheaded by individuals, citizen groups and NGOs across the country, hoyō seek to allow children and families to spend time away from the contaminated areas where they still live. Featured image: Hiking through a lush summer forest in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture. Photo credit: Elicia Cousins Mornings during school vacation … Continue reading Temporary Refuge from Invisible Threats: Outdoor Evacuation Retreats for Children from Fukushima, Japan

PX Events from the Perspective of Social Constructivism

ZHANG Hubiao, Associate Professor, Sociology Department of Hohai University, China In recent years, a series of PX (paraxylene) events have occurred in China. Public concern in China over PX first started with the mass protests in the city of Xiamen in Fujian province, over a planned paraxylene plant. The basic logic of their process is … Continue reading PX Events from the Perspective of Social Constructivism

Coal Mining: Ecological and Environmental Disasters in China

ZHANG Yulin, Department of Sociology, Nanjing University As the ‘World Factory of 21st century’, China uses coal for 2/3 of its energy consumption. Large scale coal mine excavation—which constituted 3.97 billion tons in 2013—has caused serious ecological damage in rural China, with the most severe situation occurring in Shanxi Province.   The recovery deposits and … Continue reading Coal Mining: Ecological and Environmental Disasters in China

Toxic E-Waste, Oriented Science

 Yvan Schulz, Anthropology, University of Neuchâtel Pick any media, artistic, activist, or academic account of discarded electrical and electronic devices (DEEDs) and there are good chances that toxics, environmental pollution and health risks figure prominently. E-waste, as DEEDs became known, reached the status of public problem in the early 2000s, when a number of non-governmental organizations … Continue reading Toxic E-Waste, Oriented Science

Grapple Slings and Moonshine: Conversations with the men who tested atomic weapons on Christmas Island

Becky Alexis-Martin, Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Southampton @CalamityCake Nuclear testing is often portrayed as a bombastic process, overshadowed by the devastating majesty of mushroom clouds and described in terms of annihilation or dramatic uncertainty. This is understandable, given the inherently destructive nature of nuclear weapons. However, my aim is not to sensationalise the … Continue reading Grapple Slings and Moonshine: Conversations with the men who tested atomic weapons on Christmas Island