Illustration: Steve Munday

Pigs that cross...

In talks about trade, something vital is omitted: the environment.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
A young girl stands defiantly amid the Agbogbloshie dump’s burning fields near Accra – clouds of toxic smoke rising behind her. From dusk until dawn, workers – usually young, male migrants from Ghana’s northern Tamale region – burn automobile parts and electronic waste in order to reveal their copper components in exchange for money for food. According to the Seattle-based NGO, Basel Action Network, millions of tonnes of e-waste from industrialized nations are ‘processed’ at Agbogbloshie each year.Photo: Benjamin Lowy/Getty

Dirty work

Around the world, 15 million people – including children – have little choice but to earn a living from the waste polluting their surroundings. They often work in dangerous conditions, risking their health, sometimes their lives; and are usually relegated to the bottom of the social pecking order, struggling to improve their working conditions.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
the packaging industry is not taking responsibility waste is not just an issue for the individual

It’s all down to you

Dinyar Godrej explains why the packing industry loves shunting the blame on individual consumers.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
The face of plastic recycling that China wants to change. A worker sorts plastic in Dong Xiao Kou, a 'scrap village' on the outskirts of Beijing where poor migrant families survive from recycling rubbish.Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty

No more of your junk

Last year, China announced a ban on imports of ‘foreign garbage’. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman on why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our recycling.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Waste - The Facts

Waste - The Facts

How much; disposal; food; plastic; electronic waste; the facts and figures.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Like a scene from a blockbuster epic on trash: people search for pickings in the Indonesian capital Jakarta's Bantar Gebang dump. Over 60 per cent of the waste is organic and could be composted, but there is no large-scale sorting of refuse, making it much harder to manage.Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty

Modern life is rubbish

The dirt on waste. Dinyar Godrej argues that the problems with our throwaway society add up to much more than the sum of individual actions.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Greener, richer

Greener, richer

New research suggests that low-carbon infrastructure is not only ethical, it also yields greater economic returns.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018
Winter wind blows from Bedzin’s coal-fuelled electricity plant, stoking clouds of smog, while a woman visits the city’s municipal cemetery. Photo: Violeta Santos Moura

Dark clouds

Violeta Santos Moura reports from Poland, where air pollution claims some 45,000 lives annually. The country’s reliance on coal is the main culprit but it’s an issue bound up in national pride and political manipulation.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Pollution struggle

Pollution struggle

Residents from a coastal village in the Gambia are suing a Chinese-owned fishmeal plant accused of pollution, writes Nosmot Gbadamosi.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe is one of the few clinics in the country that has a dedicated burns ward.

A broken system

Household Air Pollution causes over 13,000 deaths a year in Malawi – but it still can’t get on the country’s health agenda.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
The river of Aikwa, once a local water source, now turned thick and silver by tailings from Freeport’s Grasberg mine.Photo: Susan Schulman

Sacrifice Zone: BP, Freeport and the West Papuan independence struggle

Connor Woodman reveals the ties that bind transnational mining companies to the Indonesian occupation.

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NI 502 - West Papua - Freedom in sight? - May, 2017
Irrael Aguilar (left) is one of the indigenous Zenú leaders who lives under severe threats for his involvement in environmental struggles. He is accompanied by fellow leader Juan Urango.Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik

‘We are slowly being killed by this mine’

The British-Australian mine of Cerro Matoso has been linked to birth defects, pollution, poverty and paramilitary pay-offs. Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik investigates.

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NI 497 - Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears - November, 2016
Moving mountains: in March, trucks began clearing nine months' worth of accumulated rubbish.Photo: Bilal Hussein/AP/Press Association Images

Government garbage U-turn in Lebanon

The sanitation crisis is over, but the government faces further challenges, writes Habib Battah.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016
Gaza, February 2007.Photo by Marcin Monko

Universalizing environmental and human rights

As UN special rapporteur on the right to a healthy environment presents his report today, Doug Weir explains why this is especially important in armed conflict.

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NI 490 - Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West - March, 2016
21st century COP out

21st century COP out

A brief illustrated history of the climate negotiations by cartoonist Kate Evans.

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NI 21 - Paris Climate Talks - COP21 - December, 2015
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In final hours thoughts turn to look at what 'winning' looks like in Paris

As rich countries declare ‘ambition’ while racing to weaken the text, some climate justice campaigners are turning their backs on the COP21 negotiations and looking elsewhere for hope, reports Morgan Curtis.

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NI 21 - Paris Climate Talks - COP21 - December, 2015
Two good days when crimes against nature were exposed

Two good days when crimes against nature were exposed

An extraordinary gathering of frontline communities in Paris has been presenting evidence of crimes against nature. Nigerian poet and activist Nnimmo Bassey reports.

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NI 21 - Paris Climate Talks - COP21 - December, 2015
Latest agreement at Paris climate talks ‘nowhere close to good enough’

Latest agreement at Paris climate talks ‘nowhere close to good enough’

Yet another draft Paris agreement was released Wednesday, and was immediately renounced by civil society, Adam Greenberg reports.

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NI 21 - Paris Climate Talks - COP21 - December, 2015

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Article title From magazine Publication date
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The next financial crisis July, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Bad Education September, 2017
West Papua - Freedom in sight? May, 2017
Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears November, 2016
World Fiction Special - Exquisite short stories October, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West March, 2016
Paris Climate Talks - COP21 December, 2015
Paris Climate Talks - COP21 December, 2015
Paris Climate Talks - COP21 December, 2015
Paris Climate Talks - COP21 December, 2015
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