Toxic Geographies: chemical plants, plantations, and plants that will not grow

Dr Thom Davies, University of Nottingham, @ThomDavies Prelude: Some of the ideas discussed in this Toxic News piece are explored further in two recent academic publications, available here and here (Open Access). In September 2017, I returned to Louisiana to continue ethnographic research about lived experiences in a region infamously nicknamed ‘Cancer Alley’ – home to the … Continue reading Toxic Geographies: chemical plants, plantations, and plants that will not grow

Editorial: Environmental justice and the embodied, lived experiences of toxic pollution

Dr David Brown, Research Assistant, University of Warwick The disproportionate impacts of toxic pollution have been well documented in environmental justice research, with marginalised, low-income and minority communities tending to bear the greatest burdens of industrial pollution. Environmental justice researchers have contributed significant insights into the myriad forms of injustice associated with the uneven benefits … Continue reading Editorial: Environmental justice and the embodied, lived experiences of toxic pollution

The Toxic Relationship between Fracked Gas Liquids and Plastics

Diane M. Sicotte, Ph.D. Drexel University Department of Sociology diane.sicotte@drexel.edu The current worldwide boom in natural gas extraction is due to the new hydrofracturing (fracking) method, even though there is ample scientific evidence that fracking creates extreme risks to human and ecosystem health.[1] The production of plastics and the proliferation of plastic waste poses risks … Continue reading The Toxic Relationship between Fracked Gas Liquids and Plastics

Seattle’s Segregated Riskscape

Troy D. Abel (Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas, Western Washington University) Jonah White (Department of Geography, Michigan State University) Stacy Clauson (Department of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University) Emilio’s voice cracked in response to our air pollution experience question. He’s one of Seattle’s thousands of soccer dads. Emilio recounted smelling and tasting … Continue reading Seattle’s Segregated Riskscape

Bodies Exposed: Reframing the Geopolitics of Dilution in Canada’s Chemical Valley

Sarah Marie Wiebe (University of Hawai’i, Mānoa) Jen Bagelman (University of Exeter, United Kingdom) Laurence Butet-Roch (Ryerson University) I didn’t Know! Poem by Ada Lockridge Aamjiwnaang First Nation I didn’t Know that we had a say on what goes on in the plants I didn’t Know what was being released or how much or the … Continue reading Bodies Exposed: Reframing the Geopolitics of Dilution in Canada’s Chemical Valley

Tenacious Fumes, Chemical Sensitivity, and the Politics of Relation

Sophia Jaworski, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, University of Toronto I speak with a visual artist who has been displaced from multiple residences and is sleeping in a minivan. On social assistance, she is in the difficult situation of trying to find a place to rent that is safe for her accessibility needs. She has intense … Continue reading Tenacious Fumes, Chemical Sensitivity, and the Politics of Relation