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

Nuclear power plant expansion and growth coalition in China

Nam young Kim, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of Fukushima nuclear accident, and 30 years since the Chernobyl accident. After these accidents, many countries either cancelled or delayed their nuclear power development due to safety concerns. However, for almost every country in East Asia, instead … Continue reading Nuclear power plant expansion and growth coalition in China

A Reflection on the Tianjin Explosions

Dr Cynthia Wang, Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK  The issue of realizing the right to information is far greater than one hazardous substance. Baskut Tuncak, UN Special Rapporteur (2015)  The shocking series of explosions at a hazardous goods warehouse occurred at the night of 12 August 2015, but since then Tianjin have … Continue reading A Reflection on the Tianjin Explosions