Oct 08 2007

Behind the Shining: Aluminum’s Dark Side

An IPS/SEEN/TNI report, 2001

This important and lengthy report from the Washington based Sustainable Energy and Economy Network is highly informative about the operational structure of the aluminum industry and the resulting impacts on human rights and the environment.

  • I. Table of contents
  • II. Executive Summary
  • III. Aluminum production infrastructure
  • IV. Corporate control
  • V. Multilateral and bilateral financial institutions’ support
  • VI. Human rights
    • 1. Impact of bauxite mining on indigenous peoples
    • Sidebar: The impending death of Mulanje Mountain
    • 2. Aluminum wars (Tajikistan, Sierra Leone, etc.)
    • 3. Workers rights and dirty industry migration
  • VII. Environmental health
    • 1. Cancer in beluga whales
    • 2. Impact of emissions on workers and communities
      • a. Coal tar fumes and PAH
      • b. Fluoride
      • c. Red Mud
      • d. Other emissions
    • 3. Global warming
      • a. Perfluorocarbons
      • b. Carbon dioxide
      • c. The industrial lobby
  • VIII. Energy
    • 1. Hydro
      • a. Great dams
      • b. The Pacific Northwest power war
    • 2. Coal
    • 3. Gas
    • 4. Geothermal
    • 5. Nuclear
  • Appendices
    • I. World bauxite production tables
    • II. World alumina refinery tables
    • III. World aluminum smelter tables
    • IV. Maps and photos

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