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Plastic Pollution Goes Far Beyond Litter by Gauri Pathak

Gauri Pathak , July 5th, 2021


Plastics in the oceans. Beaches littered with plastics. Images of whales and cows with plastics in their bellies. Calls for citizens not to litter, to throw away trash…


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Anomalous Waste: Reckoning with Radioactivity in a Metal Scrap Market

colinhoag , July 23rd, 2020


Editorial Note: This post is part of our series highlighting the work of the Anthropology and Environment Society’s 2019 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists. We asked them to outline the…


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Clean in Times of Covid-19: on Hygiene and Pollution by Mandy de Wilde

Mandy de Wilde , May 3rd, 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, air pollution and greenhouse emissions decrease, or so news reports say. The satellite images of China in lockdown provided a first striking example. In…


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Unsustainable City

Chelsea Horton , April 22nd, 2020


In New York, the sustainable city is being built on its own undoing. In 2014, residents of Staten Island’s Elm Park neighborhood found their cars covered in dust….


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Gasping for Air in the Time of COVID-19

Katherine A. Mason , March 18th, 2020


The impact of the virus is having suffocating effects in more ways than one. Sorbetto/Getty Images Panic about COVID-19, a novel flu-like disease that emerged in Wuhan, China,…


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Book Forum: Daniel Renfrew’s Life Without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay by Andrés Romero

Andrés Romero , December 20th, 2019


Introduction Daniel Renfrew’s Life Without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay (2018) is a masterful undertaking on the anthropology of disaster and its everydayness. An ethnograp…


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Pollution Does Not “Go Away”: Mylar Balloons and Air Quality in California’s Pristine Wastelands

colinhoag , August 6th, 2019


By Julia Sizek, University of California at Berkeley § Joshua Tree National Park regularly ranks as the National Park with the second-worst air quality, but its pollution is…


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Pollution Made by Nature: The Circulation of Nitrate Knowledge in Iowa Agriculture and Conservation

colinhoag , February 19th, 2019


Editorial Note: This post is part of our series highlighting the work of the Anthropology and Environment Society’s 2018 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists. We asked them to…


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Commentary: Toxic Bodies, Part II

colinhoag , May 8th, 2018


By Kristina Lyons, University of California, Santa Cruz § The president of the communal action committee whom I call Doña Marta ushered me to a more secluded corner behind…


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Remediation: The Cultural Politics of Oil and Brine Spills in the Bakken

Néstor L. Silva , April 17th, 2018


Around Tioga, a small town in northwestern North Dakota, huge tractors, seeders, and sprayers lumber along the shoulders of the highways in spring. In midsummer, sunflowers turn yellow;…


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Weeds, Herbicides, and Bodies: Emerging Entanglements in Toxic Agricultural Landscapes

colinhoag , March 8th, 2018


By Tony VanWinkle, Sterling College § Dedicated to the memory of Jackie Dill. Pigweed. Photo by author. Shortly after the unexpected death of friend and mentor Jackie Dill, I…


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Save the Oceans!

Rasmus Rodineliussen , March 1st, 2018


Numerous studies indicate if human waste management and consumer patterns continue as they are now, then in 2050 the plastic in the world’s oceans will weigh more than…


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Commentary: Toxic Bodies, Part I

colinhoag , February 22nd, 2018


By Mónica Salas Landa, Lafayette College § Oil infrastructure, Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico. Image by author. ‘‘How do you feel living right across from the oil and gas complex?’’ I…


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Susanna Trnka’s One Blue Child: Asthma, Responsibility, and the Politics of Global Health by Paul Mason

Paul Mason , February 15th, 2018


One Blue Child: Asthma, Responsibility, and the Politics of Global Health By Susanna Trnka Stanford University Press, 2017, 262 pages.   Bringing children to the field can change…


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In Search of the Toxic Berry Patch

colinhoag , December 12th, 2017


By Janelle Baker, McGill University § In Memory of the late “Cibomb” Clement Auger Cibomb. Photo by Janelle Baker. Rattling down a dusty oil field road in his little…


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Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

guestauth0r , November 6th, 2017


Neighborhoods with median annual incomes below US$25,000 were nearly 2 decibels louder than neighborhoods with incomes above $100,000 per year. And nationwide, communities with 75 percent black reside…


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Benzene, PCBs, and industrial chemistry: A narrative bibliography

guestauth0r , October 16th, 2017


How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World in The Atlantic by Rebecca Altman, is a narrative exploration of the rise of organic chemistry, and the industrialization of the branch of chemistry…


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Virtual Waste: Flowing from a data center near you

guestauth0r , September 25th, 2017


Thinking with virtual data demonstrates that reduction of material waste alone does not mean a reduction of an overall environmental footprint on this planet.


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Review of Richard S. Newman’s “Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present”

guestauth0r , September 18th, 2017


Newman’s activists press for environmental change imbedded with critiques of capitalism and industrialization, racial injustice, and its global implications. This view distorts the complexity of histo…


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Pollution is Colonialism

Max Liboiron , September 1st, 2017


Colonialism in Canada is an ongoing structure whereby settler society and government assert sovereignty over lands already occupied by Indigenous peoples.


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The forgotten story of how a toxic spill and a book launched Britain’s environmental movement

guestauth0r , August 21st, 2017


When in 1963 some farm animals in the parish of Smarden in Kent became sick and died, suspicions fell on a nearby pesticide factory run by a division…


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How we discovered pollution-poisoned crustaceans in the Mariana Trench

guestauth0r , August 14th, 2017


A trench amphipod, Hirondellea gigas, from the deepest place on Earth: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench (10,890m). Alan Jamieson, Newcastle University, Author provided Alan Jamieson, Newcastle Un…


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Your city could be exporting deadly air pollution – here’s why

guestauth0r , August 7th, 2017


Goods and services produced in one region for use by another region are responsible for 22% (762,400) of air pollution-related deaths worldwide.


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Cleaning up toxic sites shouldn’t clear out the neighbors

guestauth0r , July 31st, 2017


Notions of “sustainability” and “urban greening” ought to include values of justice and equity. Otherwise, important projects like the Blue Greenway will build sustainable waterfronts for the urban…


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