This ERC funded, 5 year research project offers the first systematic sociological analysis of the global petrochemical industry in relation to corporate social responsibility and environmental justice. Examining different claims about the health impacts of toxic pollution, this is a highly topical, interdisciplinary project.
One of the key outputs of the Toxic Expertise project, an interactive map of the petrochemical industry is now live. This pilot version of the map has 75 case studies of petrochemical sites, written by members of the Toxic Expertise research team. We are now seeking contributions and feedback on the map. Most importantly, we are inviting the collaboration of community and environmental groups, and the communities they represent, to add their comments, stories and experiences to the map.
Also in this issue: David Brownreflects upon the fourth annual Toxic Expertise workshop which took place in May earlier this year; Patrick Bond discusses fossil-fuel developments across South Africa;Laurie Parsons offers a commentary on the toxicity of fashion supply chains; Adrian Gonzalezexplores the multiple injustices connected to oil pollution in rural Peruvian communities in the Loreto region; Amelia Fiskereflects upon a trip that she took to Cuenca, Ecuador to visit Pablo Cardoso’s exposition of Lago Agrio-Sour Lake; and finally Tom Ogwangdraws attention to the myriad social and environmental impacts of oil development in Uganda.