Tag: Space/Place

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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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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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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Pristine paradise to rubbish dump: the same Pacific island, 23 years apart

guestauth0r , July 17th, 2017

Remember, this is not waste that was dumped directly by human hands. It was washed here on ocean currents, meaning that this is not just about one beach…

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Josh Lepawsky , April 24th, 2017

How might thinking through repair in terms of space change how we think about – and practice – repair? In what follows, we describe four cases from our…

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Special Issue of Continent: “R3pair Volume”

Max Liboiron , April 20th, 2017

Repair and waste share many points of convergence from an analytical perspective (as well as a practical one!). Continent has just released a special issue all about repair:

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Victory at Standing Rock reflects a failure of US energy and climate policy

guestauth0r , December 22nd, 2016

Stopping the pipeline in one spot, after all, won’t stop oil altogether. Climate change, however, is a threat most of all to Indigenous peoples around the world.

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Fracking, mining, murder: the killer agenda driving migration in Mexico and Central America

Max Liboiron , December 13th, 2016

Why negotiate with poor Indigenous communities sitting atop valuable oil, water, wood and ore if they can be pushed off their land with hidden criminal, political and misogynistic…

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Anthropocene Adjustments: Discarding the Technosphere

Alex Zahara , May 26th, 2016

The technosphere refers to a new layer on the planet made up of “the interlinked set of communication, transportation, bureaucratic and other systems that act to metabolize fossil…

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Toxic Symposium on Exposure, Entanglement, and Endurance: A Summary in Tweets

Max Liboiron , March 7th, 2016

Toxics: A Symposium on Exposure, Entanglement, and Endurance was heralded as “the most important conversation on body burdens yet.” See the Twitter version of that conversation here.

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Which came first: people of colour or pollution?

guestauth0r , January 11th, 2016

A pair of new publications focus on the “chicken or egg” question in environmental justice: Are present-day disparities around hazardous sites the result of a pattern of placing…

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Emergent Socialities of Waste

guestauth0r , September 15th, 2015

As the excesses, effluents, and excreta of larger social spheres are discarded, discounted, and possibly denigrated, what happens at those margins where they recirculate? What fissures in prevailing…

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Designing for the Future at Giant Mine

Arn , July 20th, 2015

How do you communicate permanent pollution and toxicity to future generations? We held workshops with community members in Yellowknife and Dettah to make models about they would communicate…

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Article Alert! Place and Defilement Signposts Toward a New Theory of Purity in Sibley’s Geographies of Exclusion

guestauth0r , July 20th, 2015

Even if Mary Douglas’ Purity and Danger is the keystone text of Discard Studies, there are few scholars who work to extend, nuance, or contest the theory that…

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