Multiple sources over several decades have described the Sydvaranger iron mine’s waste products, most of which end up in a nearby fjord, as ‘clean sand,’ a definition it increasingly doesn’t fit. So why does it keep resurfacing?
EDITORIAL No, dear government spokesperson, we aren’t talking on background Giving statements on the record is the entire point of a press office. Halftone by alicia_mb on Freepik. by Jay Richardson 7 September 2023 In the past four months, the sonification has received two separate emails from UK government press officers containing detailed statements headed […]
E-WASTE Fairphone 5 parts won’t be backward compatible with Fairphone 4 The Fairphone 5 (left) is very close in shape to the Fairphone 4 (right), but not quite close enough. by Jay Richardson1st September 2023 The fifth generation of Fairphone’s ultra-repairable smartphone, Fairphone 5, will not contain any parts compatible with the previous generation, the […]
A.S. Francis is writing Black history, like it or not Students of African history and anticolonial resistance found themselves fighting their own university after it silently cancelled their course and fired their supervisor. by Jay Richardson31 August 2023 On 16 June this year, Dr Claudia Tomlinson earned her PhD. She became the first graduate of […]
Mining waste disposal in fjord could resume under new ownership at Sydvaranger iron mine in northern Norway
Norway’s Environment Directorate said existing fjord disposal permits cover four million tonnes per year of finely ground rock and process chemicals, which the CEO of a company set to acquire the mine described as “inert.”
German and Norwegian authorities did not investigate possible violations of Crimea export ban in 2017
A German public prosecutor said any investigation would have been restricted by the need for co-operation from Russian authorities.
Against expert legal advice, police evicted dozens of people from a shelter in east London on 1 June, after reportedly soliciting noise complaints from locals.
Local authorities in Naples deemed two beaches unsafe for bathing after routine tests found twice the safe quantity of E. coli bacteria in their seawater.
Big Brother Watch called the “vast quantity” of surveillance devices “deeply alarming.”
The mining giant’s CEO expressed “concern” that European investors might put environmental, social, and governance concerns over profits.
Also, the Pacific Islands Forum continues a diplomatic effort to safeguard states’ legal status amid sea level rise.
Washington D.C. wasn’t the only place with a hyperactive court this week.
The Environmental Protection Agency was the love of my life until it made Louisiana state attorney Jeff Landry mad.
Also, the acute toxicity of Iraq’s water shortages.
Also, who’s afraid of Shanita Tums?
Also, an Al Jazeera report on unexploded American munitions in central Vietnam.
Local authorities in Cambridge operate at least 73 Hikvision and Dahua surveillance cameras, many more than previously reported.
Hikvision CCTV cameras are located through Cambridge city centre. The company has long been criticised by MPs and campaigners on security and human rights grounds, and senior government ministers want the cameras banned from the UK.
The acclaimed sound artist talks theatre, field recording, and ecological metaphysics.
’Kyiv Eternal‘ has more emotional force than it has sense of place, but its beauty comes from blending the two.
3D models of the 250 million tonne underwater waste deposit approved by Nordic Mining’s environmental permits show that, transposed over London, the discarded tailings would cover an area from Farringdon to Waterloo.
‘Separation’ deftly mixes plant electrode data with a compelling musical current.
The EFTA surveillance authority is expected to report on the legality of submarine tailings disposal under EEA law.
For serious news coverage of bins, the Independent is hard to beat.
Larry Summers said he didn’t write the memo and should have reviewed it more closely. Critics argued the memo said the quiet part out loud.
David George Haskell’s Sounds Wild and Broken (2022) seeks to establish sound as a new vital sign for the environment. It takes on more than it bargained for.
On 17 October 1956, Queen Elizabeth II opened Calder Hall, the world’s first commercial nuclear power station, at Sellafield, on the western coast of Cumbria. The two Windscale Piles preceded it in 1950 and ‘51. Both produced plutonium-239 for early British nuclear weapons.
Nordic Mining admitted that it had no backup silt curtain and had so far failed to fix the leak in a leaked email on Friday evening. The incident puts further pressure on the company after a major investor sold its stake over environmental concerns.
A bog’s curious, ordinary, delicately explosive sounds belong in our narratives of climate crisis just as much as landscapes of epic disaster.
La pelouse spacieuse d’un parc est-londonien, atteignant 37 degrés Celsius, se transforme en vide aride.
For all the stories and statistics, woods can become distant from everyday life. Micheldever Wood is a mixed broadleaf-conifer woodland in Hampshire that contains many of the signature characteristics of a British forest.
Data sonification is data display using any sound that isn’t speech, offering new and inclusive ways to interact with d
As much as we tried to capture the shock of last year’s events in Halfway to Atlantis: Remembering the 2021 London floods, there wasn’t space to explore the surroundings of each flood location. This photo series gives them a little more context from other angles, and from nearby streets. As we wrote in the anniversary […]
Rain makes some of the world’s best-loved sounds. They’re even better coming from a giant plywood recorder.
One year on from some of London’s most severe surface flooding, comparative photography can help us trace the cycle of shock, cleanup, and forgetting that surrounds environmental disasters.
At 40 degrees Celsius, London transforms.
the sonification’s best photos and field recordings from July 2022.
At 37 degrees, the airy lawns of an East London park have dried into arid emptiness amidst a potentially lethal heat wave.
When you describe the sound of protest as “noise” you deny its democratic function—and admit how much it bothers you.
In an era of disastrous storms and constant fear over coastal defences and flooding, you might expect rainfall to show reliable, multi-decade, climate-influenced patterns. Or at least to swing wildly, as seasonal temperatures do. The actual picture is incredibly complex: precipitation is in fact trending in certain directions and swinging wildly at the same time. […]
Getting to know a place takes time, even with methods like a randomised sound survey. It also takes the courage to throw away your map.
A tiny robin’s song in the dawn chorus approaches frequencies at the limits of human hearing.
There’s much more to a chiffchaff than meets the ear.
The safety violation marks the start of a multi-decade mining project that plans to deposit toxic waste in a protected salmon fjord.
A dawn chorus contains so much joyful chaos: that’s what makes it a chorus. For pure density of sound, most green spaces at dawn in springtime could give Piccadilly Circus a run for its money.
What makes new recordings worthwhile is that they can tell us about our environment by showing how birds interact with it. With that in mind, today’s birdsongification features the humble robin.
A London Plane tree stands outside the Home Office building on Marsham Street during protests against the government’s new asylum policy.
Highbury Fields was bought for a public park in 1885 while various speculators developed the surrounding area into housing. Most of the park’s avenues are lined with London Plane trees.
Planes are actually quite easy to grow from seed if you’re so inclined, and resists pests and diseases much better than sycamores.
Birches probably appeared amongst the first trees in the UK after the last ice age: they spread quickly and grow well in a wide range of soils, including heathland and moorland. They improve biodiversity when mixed into conifer plantations, which now contribute most new woodland planting in the UK. Birch is particularly common in Scotland, […]