Journal article

Mining and climate change: A review and framework for analysis

Scott D Odell, Anthony Bebbington, Karen E Frey

Extractive Industries and Society | Elsevier | Published : 2018


In this paper, we demonstrate that climate change is critically important for the current and future status of mining activity and its impacts on surrounding communities and environments. We illustrate this through examples from Latin America, including a spatial analysis of the intersection between projected climate changes and existing mining operations. We then elaborate a framework to identify and investigate the relationships among mining, climate change, and public and private responses to them. The framework also notes the importance of political economy and learning processes to the forms taken by these relationships. Our paper then reports on a focused review of peer-reviewed public..

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Awarded by Australia Research Council Australia Laureate Fellowship

Awarded by Climate and Land Use Alliance to Bebbington

Awarded by US National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper has been made possible by an Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship to Odell, an Australia Research Council Australia Laureate Fellowship to Bebbington (FL160100072), the support of the Ford Foundation and Climate and Land Use Alliance to Bebbington (Contract # 1607-55271), and US National Science Foundation Awards 1204044 and 1702137 to Frey. We are grateful to two reviewers and Gavin Hilson for their comments on an earlier draft. Their observations helped us specify more clearly what the paper did and did not seek to achieve.