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

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

Lead, Politics, and Community: Notes from La Oroya, Peru

Pamela Neumann, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University            Lead is a controversial subject in the Peruvian town of La Oroya (population 30,000), which has the dubious distinction of being ranked one of the top ten most contaminated places in the world. Looking out at its scarred white hills today, it’s hard … Continue reading Lead, Politics, and Community: Notes from La Oroya, Peru