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Abandoned Mine Lands and Collective Cleanup Efforts

Abandoned Mine Lands and Collective Cleanup Efforts

Jerry K. Jacka

On 5 August 2015, a contractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally breached a plug of waste rock at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. Unbeknownst to the backhoe operator responsible for the breach, the plug was holding back three million gallons of acid mine drainage laced with numerous toxic metals such… more...

Refugees on Their Own Land: Edolo People, Land, and Earthquakes

Refugees on Their Own Land: Edolo People, Land, and Earthquakes

Peter D. Dwyer and Monica Minnegal

All the land customarily used and occupied by the Edolo people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been devastated by the swarm of earthquakes that commenced in late February 2018. Few outsiders, however, would be aware of that disaster. With media coverage of events in PNG soon deflected to “bigger” issues of money and the… more...

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New Featured Article!: "Shared Meals and Food Fights: Geographical Indications, Rural Development, and the Environment"

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—"Shared Meals and Food Fights: Geographical Indications, Rural Development, and the Environment"—comes from Volume 2 (2011). In their article, Fabio Parasecoli and Aya Tasaki highlight relevant issues within the global debate on geographical indications as they relate to food products, and they explore the environmental impact of geographical indications… more...

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New Featured Article!: "Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious"

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—"Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious: Demystifying Adaptation Processes in Relation to Climate Change"—comes from Volume 1 (2010). In their article, Thomas F. Thornton and Nadia Manasfi critically examine the concept of human adaptation by dividing it into eight fundamental processes and viewing each in a broad cultural, ecological, and… more...

Michael Main: How PNG LNG Is Shaking Up the Earthquake

Michael Main: How PNG LNG Is Shaking Up the Earthquake

The word for “earthquake” in the Huli language is wonderfully onomatopoeic: dindi dumbirumbi (literally “earth moving and shaking”). During fieldwork conducted in 2016, I interviewed an elderly Huli ritual leader named Dali Ango at his home in Koroba, located in Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Hela Province. Huli ritual leaders, who inherited their position, were holders… more...

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Shared Meals and Food Fights: Geographical Indications, Rural Development, and the Environment

Authors: Fabio Parasecoli and Aya Tasaki Volume 2, Number 1 (2011) Abstract: The article highlights relevant issues within the global debate on geographical indications, as they relate to food products. Geographical indications, a form of intellectual property designated by considering principally the place of origin of products, have become a hot topic among producers, activists, economists, and politicians worldwide. Commercial and legal issues related to them have generated complex negotiations in international organizations and national institutions, while their cultural aspects have stimulated theoretical debates about the impact ... Read more

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