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How extractive industries manage to carry on harming the planet

By Judith Verweijen, Lecturer, University of Sheffield
Alexander Dunlap, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo
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Around the globe, concern is mounting about the unfolding climate and ecological catastrophe. Yet the extraction of natural resources through mining and energy projects continues on a large scale, with disastrous environmental consequences.

To understand how this is possible, one place to start is recognising that extraction is not just a physical engineering process. It requires social engineering as well. To…

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