Editorial: Challenges and Opportunities to Combat Climate Change

Dr Cynthia Wang, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick Today, our world faces unprecedented and mounting challenges: terrorism, climate change, conflicts and war-torn places, refugee crisis and migration, globalization and protectionism,exclusion and xenophobia, and blatant human rights violations in authoritarian states. New issues have also occurred regarding climate change and global warming. After the removal … Continue reading Editorial: Challenges and Opportunities to Combat Climate Change

An Uphill Battle to Hold High-tech Corporations Accountable: Lessons Learned from the Siaoli River Disputes in Taiwan

Wen-Ling Tu,  Professor, Department of Public Administration, National Chengchi University, Taiwan On December 30, 2015, the AU Optronics (AUO) and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), two major flat panel TFT-LCD Taiwanese manufacturers held a pipe sealing ceremony, which marked the closing of the sewage discharge pipes and brought them into compliance with the zero-liquid-discharge requirement set … Continue reading An Uphill Battle to Hold High-tech Corporations Accountable: Lessons Learned from the Siaoli River Disputes in Taiwan

The Elusive Search for Environmental Justice: What We Can Learn from the Efforts of Indigenous Plaintiffs to Hold Chevron Accountable for Its Destructive Legacy in Ecuador

David McRobert[1], Jordan Shay[2] and Julian Tennent-Riddell [3] The Chevron case, which has been called the world’s largest environmental justice case, involves a decades-long dispute between members of Ecuadorian communities and the Chevron Corporation. In 2011 the Supreme Court in Ecuador confirmed the following wastes, all attributed to the United States-based company Chevron-Texaco, had been … Continue reading The Elusive Search for Environmental Justice: What We Can Learn from the Efforts of Indigenous Plaintiffs to Hold Chevron Accountable for Its Destructive Legacy in Ecuador

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?

Editorial: The Scales of Environmental Justice

Dr Alice Mah, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick Since the 1980s, environmental justice researchers have struggled to make sites and histories of environment injustices visible. Some, such as Phil Brown, Barbara Allen, and Jennifer Gabrys help with citizen science efforts to monitor, report, and campaign about environmental exposures in communities. Others, including Gwen Ottinger, … Continue reading Editorial: The Scales of Environmental Justice

Lessons Learned from an Experiment in Infrastructuring

Gwen Ottinger, Drexel University  Almost two years ago, colleagues and I began an experiment in infrastructuring. Our working group of social scientists, programmers, environmental justice activists, and residents of “frontline” communities set out to create web-based tools that would help people make sense of, and make use of, large volumes of publicly available ambient air … Continue reading Lessons Learned from an Experiment in Infrastructuring