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Global Environmental Injustice From Houston’s Ship Channel

Barge on Buffalo Bayou, hauling scrap metal to China (probably). This facility is one of many operations in and around the community of Magnolia. No zoning, poor environmental enforcement, and increased environmental health burdens characterize the challenges Magnolia residents face daily. The picture upends common views of global environmental injustice – trading trash has local environmental consequences, not just global ones outside the US. A similar story of corporate profiteering in the global trash trade, local politics, and its political consequences is Julie Sze’s book Noxious New York: Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2006, MIT Press). I also recommend Pellow’s book Resisting Toxic Trading (2007, MIT Press) as a complement to Sze’s book.

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