For Love of the Place: Emotions and Identities in Conflicts over Environmental Risks from Mining in Minnesota

Erik Kojola, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota Near the Iron Range of rural Northeastern Minnesota—historically one of the largest iron-ore producing regions in the U.S.—mining companies, investors, state politicians, and some residents envision a new resource boom based on untapped “world-class” copper and nickel reserves.  Multiple mining companies backed by multinational investors … Continue reading For Love of the Place: Emotions and Identities in Conflicts over Environmental Risks from Mining in Minnesota

What is the real toxicity within Redcar’s society? Old-fashioned pollution or the growth of Globalisation

David Judge, Director of Public Engagement and Education at Global Hands and Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency. Toxicity is the quality of being toxic or poisonous. I will be looking at this from the opinion of the people from Redcar. My question to them has been: “What do you see as more toxic to … Continue reading What is the real toxicity within Redcar’s society? Old-fashioned pollution or the growth of Globalisation

The Atomic Anthropocene: a nuclear roundup of 2016

Dr Becky Alexis-Martin, University of Southampton, Dr Stephanie Malin Colorado State University, and Dr Thom Davies, University of Warwick The era in which we live is now officially described as an atomic Anthropocene or the “age of humans”, an epoch defined by humans’ impact on the planet – and one of its most distinctive features is radiation. The … Continue reading The Atomic Anthropocene: a nuclear roundup of 2016

Heroic Endurance Under the Smoke: Ethnographic Notes from an Industrial Town in Serbia

Dr Deana Jovanović, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe, University of Rijeka The smoke had its own character, and evoked a particular sentiment. Featured image: Bor, July 2015. Photo credit: Dragan Stojmenović The town of Bor is a copper-processing town in East Serbia that developed right “under the chimney”. The rundown smelting plant and the … Continue reading Heroic Endurance Under the Smoke: Ethnographic Notes from an Industrial Town in Serbia

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

‘‘Dis Da Fi Wee?”: Oil, Conservation and Development in Belize

Leon Sealey-Huggins, Lecturer, Global Sustainable Development Programme, University of Warwick ‘Fi Wee Belize’ Pickney march tru di street di sing yah dah fu wee Belize mis Matie cross di street di halla yah dah fuh wee Belize even Shiela granny di brokdong to di tune yah dah fu wee Belize but tell mi, weh all … Continue reading ‘‘Dis Da Fi Wee?”: Oil, Conservation and Development in Belize