Short and sharp Political Ecology analysis

January 10, 2023

Biodiversity breakthrough or time to stop global environmental meetings altogether?

By Bram Büscher and Rosaleen Duffy. The big biodiversity conference in Montreal from 7-19 December was described as the event that will decide on the ‘fate of the entire living world’. Its outcome to protect 30% of the planet by 2030 is regarded by some as ‘historic’, but in reality promotes more business-as-usual. Have global environmental meetings reached the end of their usefulness? Or is hanging on to them worth it in the face of worsening environmental crises?
December 13, 2022

Formulating poisons: racism, agrochemicals, and cotton

By Brian Williams and Jayson Maurice Porter. In the U.S. South, cotton plantations served as an early laboratory for the toxic development and mass application of agrochemicals. Anti-Blackness shaped the formulation of this harmful agrarian calculus, and cotton, white supremacy and other poisons served as an important antecedent to the subsequent development of chemical-intensive industrial agriculture.  
November 1, 2022

Ocean Mourning – R.I.P. Mar

By Dennis Schüpf. This photo-essay visibilizes the struggle of residents of Los Silos, Tenerife, against illegal sewage discharge which pollutes the sea and kills their fish. 
October 4, 2022

Connecting academic (air) mobility with carbon inequality: Perspectives from a Global South scholar

By Subina Shrestha. As citizens of the Global South, now immigrants in the Global North, which narrative of climate action should we uphold: the one that we know is unfair back home, or the one that puts the responsibility of action on us because of where we reside now? Are our Western contemporaries aware of these dilemmas that we face? A Nepali scholar now residing in Norway reflects on these questions.
September 29, 2022

Europe’s summer of reckoning with losses and damages

By Guy Jackson. Climate-exacerbated disasters in Europe can illuminate the increasing economic and non-economic losses being experienced globally. From solidarity in loss may come solidarity in action, to fight the systems of oppression that create unequal vulnerabilities and fuel climate change
September 22, 2022

Encountering the commons in The Pluriverse of Eco-social Justice: From Coimbra and beyond

By Anoushka Zoob Carter. Both the Livros Carteneros movement and the Baldios are examples of everyday commons-making beyond a neoliberal capitalist society. They offer alternatives to privatisation and neoliberal individualisation, and help us to imagine the pluriverse in practice.
September 20, 2022

Unsettling (water) scarcity one raindrop at the time: Learning from the Revitalised Rainfed Agriculture Network in India

By Arianna Tozzi. Rainfed areas of India, where agriculture is reliant on seasonal rainfall, are often associated with drought-prone territories characterised by endemic water scarcity to be fixed by expanding irrigation. Tracing the historical roots beneath these naturalised scarcity framings, Arianna Tozzi discusses how the work of a grassroot network provides a space to reimagine an alternative paradigm for rainfed regions that values their diversity and variability.
September 15, 2022

Energy Practices of Care: Politicizing Needs

By Angelica Wågström. The climate crisis cannot be solved merely by introducing large-scale renewable projects, since such solutions are neither sufficient nor socially just. An alternative strategy is care work, to mitigate climate change and increase human and environmental welfare. But what is care, and how is it enabled by energies?  
September 13, 2022

The gendered consequences of ‘undone science’ in a pesticide-contaminated area in Nicaragua

By Grettel Navas The impacts of the pesticide DBCP on women are largely understudied in comparison to infertility in male workers which is well documented. What are the gendered consequences of this 'undone science' and how are these shaped by ingrained power dynamics within local workers organisations?
June 28, 2022

Food saving: too good not to commodify

By Juliane Miller Food saving apps like “Karma” and “Too Good To Go” promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing affordable take-out meals – but what does the commodification of food saving really entail?
June 7, 2022

Public Water Services in times of emergency: the case of the Covid19 outbreak

By Gemma Gasseau. The book “Public Water and Covid-19: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings”, discusses how the Covid19 outbreak has underlined once again the importance of water and other basic services for human life, and re-opened the debate on the role of the state in managing such services.
May 24, 2022

Conflicts over the memorialization of water in Barcelona: A temporal turn in political ecology

By Lucia Alexandra Popartan and Camil Ungureanu. As part of the current global trend towards the “museification” of water and processes of re-municipalization, the politics of memory of hydraulic infrastructures and water resources has become a key battleground between corporations and transformative socio-political movements. These struggles in cities such as Barcelona show the relevance of complementing the spatial turn in political ecology and urban geography with a temporal turn.