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  • corporate rule – Ecologise
    enough to stem the rising tide of inequality worldwide Written by Contributor Apr 21 2016 0 Comments ECONOMY GREEN POLITICS Poverty Inequality William Robinson writes The celebrated economist Thomas Piketty has argued for a global tax on capital and redistribution through tax reform This reformist approach to global inequality is entirely inadequate because it bypasses the questions of power and of corporate control over the planet s productive resources that are at the very heart of global capitalism and its crisis Continue Reading Amit Bhaduri On democracy corporations and inequality Written by Contributor Apr 19 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT ECONOMY Education Awareness INDIA Poverty Inequality RECOMMENDED Infusing the institution of democracy with the ideology of growth without considering the fate of the majority results in a dangerous mutualism between corporations and the government The inclusive democracy of one adult one vote is reconciled with the economic power of corporations by price rationing out the poor from any possibility of direct representation Continue Reading Neoliberalism the ideology at the root of all our problems Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf ECONOMY Education Awareness Finance Debt Planning Policy RECOMMENDED Resource Use George Monbiot writes So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom recognise it as an ideology We accept the proposition that this utopian millenarian faith describes a neutral force a biological law like Darwin s theory of evolution But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power Continue Reading Cars Capitalism and India Written by Contributor Apr 12 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf Consumption DEVELOPMENT ECONOMY Health Safety INDIA Planning Policy Poverty Inequality Sustainability Technology Vidhyadhar Date writes A developed country is not one where the poor drive cars but one where the rich use public transport Building more roads to reduce congestion is like trying to put out a fire with petrol India has failed to learn from developed countries mistakes and is on a disastrous path of motorization Continue Reading Techno fascism in the 21st century Written by Contributor Apr 5 2016 0 Comments INDIA Technology Jayati Ghosh writes Fascism in the 21st century does have some new features which are also common to at least some of the countries that are currently experiencing it They are largely related to the possibilities generated by new technologies especially communication and surveillance technologies which are increasingly being used by governments with fascist inclinations Continue Reading Digest Climate crisis and the myth of green capitalism Written by Ecologise Mar 29 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Digests Special Features ECONOMY Education Awareness GREEN POLITICS Resource Use Sustainability Much of the mainstream media corporate lobbyists and politicians would like the public to think of climate change as something akin to a natural phenomenon In this second part of our series on Capitalism and Climate Change we present a selection of articles that examine the deep seated connections between climate change and a rapacious global economic order Continue Reading Bookshelf Shrinking the Technosphere by

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  • deforestation – Ecologise
    Written by Contributor Mar 29 2016 0 Comments Culture Communication Ecocide Forests Wildlife GREEN POLITICS Ideas Inspiration RECOMMENDED Atulkya Bingham author of Mudball writes With an unwavering fascination in the end of the world environmentalism has attempted to scare humanity into acting and we are now seeing just how spectacularly these scare tactics have failed Not that the scare isn t based on solid foundations it s more that apparently scared people are not particularly effective at mobilising Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 88 Written by Ecologise Mar 24 2016 0 Comments NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE Nihar Gokhale reports Rainfall across India in March has been 300 500 higher and often were accompanied by hailstorms As a result winter crops across six Indian states Punjab Haryana Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra stand destroyed Rain and the accompanying hail has damaged upto 60 standing winter crops across the country Continue Reading Make Or Break In India Down to Earth special issue ahead of the Union Budget Written by Contributor Feb 28 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT Digests Special Features ECONOMY Finance Debt Food Farming Forests Wildlife INDIA Livelihoods Planning Policy Resource Use Rural India The Union Budget 2015 2016 will be presented in amid dwindling fortunes of the NDA government Agriculture is already on a downswing while the economic slowdown is perceptible all this when nine states are going to polls in 2016 17 Down to Earth presents a series of analyses of the Union Budget from the environment and development perspectives Continue Reading The world s forests will collapse if we don t learn to say no Written by Contributor Feb 15 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT Ecocide Forests Wildlife Resource Use Sustainability An alarming new study has shown that the world s forests are not only disappearing rapidly but areas of core forest are vanishing even faster A tsunami of new roads dams power lines pipelines and other infrastructure is rapidly slicing into the world s last wild places opening them up to fragmentation poaching and other destructive activities Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 81 Written by Ecologise Jan 30 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Displacement Conflict Forests Wildlife INDIA NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE Oceans and marine life Pollution Toxicity India Colombia and Nigeria have the most cases of conflict caused by climate change and environmental disputes according to a map of global ecological conflict The Environmental Justice Atlas released last month shows that more than 200 conflicts in India are caused by ecological disputes and scarcities of basic resources such as water and forests Continue Reading New book Elemental India The Natural World in Crisis Written by Contributor Jan 24 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf Ecocide Food Farming Forests Wildlife INDIA Pollution Toxicity Rural India Soil Water From the blurb Around the world people are increasingly facing a future that is crowded and hot subject to violent weather extremes and a changing climate where the rich and poor inhabit separate spheres and governments are unable or unwilling to confront these most vital challenges

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  • development – Ecologise
    Reading A Green Development Manifesto for Kerala Written by Contributor Apr 7 2016 0 Comments Alternatives DEVELOPMENT GREEN POLITICS INDIA Sustainability Transition This first of its kind Green Development Agenda for Kerala was collectively drafted by green collective Paristhithi Aikya Vedhi and has been submitted to the leaders of the main political parties in the fray for the upcoming Assembly Elections in May It was released on 30th March by Dr V S Vijayan Member Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel Continue Reading Why we must have water budgets Written by Contributor Mar 30 2016 0 Comments INDIA Planning Policy Resource Use Soil Water Sustainability Techno economic fixes do not address the underlying zero sum game nature of water resource use Ultimately the problem is that of allocating the water available each year among users both people and the ecosystem Without understanding how much water is available how much is used and by whom solving India s water crisis will be impossible Continue Reading Video Rice Bowl to Ashtray Documentary on industrialisation and displacement in Chhattisgarh Written by Contributor Mar 22 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT Displacement Conflict Ecocide INDIA Livelihoods Resource Use Rural India VIDEOS Since its formation Chhattisgarh has become the new destination of domestic and foreign investment Sunil Kumar s award winning documentary Daan Se Raakh Rice Bowl to Ashtray captures displacement and industrialization in Chhattisgarh It critically investigates the impact of unbridled industrialization privatization of water and acquisition of agricultural land on the life and livelihoods of the rural population Continue Reading Bookshelf Failed What the experts got wrong about the global economy Written by Contributor Mar 21 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf DEVELOPMENT ECONOMY Finance Debt Planning Policy Poverty Inequality Author Mark Weisbrot says Behind almost every prolonged economic malfeasance there is some combination of outworn bad ideas incompetence and the malign influence of powerful special interests Unfortunately such nightmares are repeated in other places because even if the lessons are learned they are not taken to heart by the people who call the shots Continue Reading The Paris Climate Talks A Nepali View Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Consumption DEVELOPMENT ENERGY Planning Policy Resource Use Sustainability Technology Shail Shrestha writes at Local Futures Technology transfer from the North to South has long been regarded as the path to a better life in less developed regions of the world But even the best and the most sustainable technology proposed in Paris would make Nepal less sustainable than it is today leading us in the wrong direction Continue Reading On burning ground The human cost of India s push to produce more coal Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT ECONOMY ENERGY Health Safety INDIA Pollution Toxicity Poverty Inequality Resource Use Rural India Fred Pearce reports As part of India s modernization program Prime Minister Narenda Modi has called for doubling the nation s coal production by 2020 If it moves forward India seems set to create a mounting tide of victims

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  • ecological conflict – Ecologise
    the combined might of the state government the mining lobby and a complicit media A founding member of green activist group Rainbow Warriors he was arrested and placed in judicial custody When he was assaulted in jail it went unreported Continue Reading Video Rice Bowl to Ashtray Documentary on industrialisation and displacement in Chhattisgarh Written by Contributor Mar 22 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT Displacement Conflict Ecocide INDIA Livelihoods Resource Use Rural India VIDEOS Since its formation Chhattisgarh has become the new destination of domestic and foreign investment Sunil Kumar s award winning documentary Daan Se Raakh Rice Bowl to Ashtray captures displacement and industrialization in Chhattisgarh It critically investigates the impact of unbridled industrialization privatization of water and acquisition of agricultural land on the life and livelihoods of the rural population Continue Reading On burning ground The human cost of India s push to produce more coal Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT ECONOMY ENERGY Health Safety INDIA Pollution Toxicity Poverty Inequality Resource Use Rural India Fred Pearce reports As part of India s modernization program Prime Minister Narenda Modi has called for doubling the nation s coal production by 2020 If it moves forward India seems set to create a mounting tide of victims from the cycle wallahs and refugees of Jharia s coal fires to the country s air quality to the planet s climate Continue Reading Chhattisgarh A War without witnesses in the making Written by Contributor Feb 26 2016 0 Comments Displacement Conflict INDIA Livelihoods Resource Use Rural India Sreekumar Kodiyath writes The final phase of the Sri Lankan Government s war with the LTTE in 2009 saw a systematic program to make the affair a private one by expelling reporters and human rights activists from the war zone Those who stubbornly remained either disappeared or were detained The army called it a War without witnesses Continue Reading Power in India radical pathways to local self rule Written by Contributor Feb 15 2016 0 Comments Alternatives DEVELOPMENT GREEN POLITICS INDIA Livelihoods Rural India Sustainability Ashish Kothari Pallav Das write in State of Power report People are recognizing that the current power dispensation is frozen in an intellectual paradigm defined by free market orthodoxy and will change only if confronted by worldviews such as swaraj or Radical Ecological Democracy India and the world needs that change in order to continue to thrive Continue Reading Video Report The jungle gangs of Jharkhand Written by Contributor Feb 14 2016 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT Displacement Conflict INDIA Livelihoods Resource Use Rural India VIDEOS Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava reports Groups like JJMP and TSPC thrive on a levy collected from mining Jharkhand accounts for nearly a third of India s coal a quarter of its iron ore and 16 of copper In return the armed groups provide protection to mining companies and intimidate villagers to facilitate land acquisition for the companies Continue Reading Map shows India leads the world in ecological conflict Written by Contributor Feb 12 2016 0 Comments

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  • economic growth – Ecologise
    of power Continue Reading Our economic growth system is reaching limits in a strange way Written by Contributor Apr 13 2016 0 Comments Consumption ECONOMY ENERGY Finance Debt Peak Oil Energy Descent RECOMMENDED Resource Use Gail Tverberg writes We are experiencing a world economy that seems to be reaching limits but the symptoms are not what peak oil groups warned about Instead of high prices and lack of supply we are facing indirect problems brought on by our high consumption of energy products I have called it a double pump problem Continue Reading Gail Tverberg Globalization is reaching its limits here s why Written by Contributor Apr 10 2016 0 Comments ECONOMY ENERGY Resource Use Transition We have identified two different limits to globalization One has to do with limits on the amount of goods and services that developed countries can absorb before those imports unduly disrupt local economies The other occurs because of the sensitivity of many developing nations to low commodity prices because they are exporters of these commodities Continue Reading Economic growth How it works how it fails why wealth disparity occurs Written by Contributor Apr 1 2016 0 Comments Consumption ECONOMY Education Awareness ENERGY Finance Debt Peak Oil Energy Descent RECOMMENDED Resource Use Gail Tverberg writes Economists have put together models of how an economy works but these models were developed years ago when the world economy was far from limits These models may have been reasonably adequate when they were developed but there is increasing evidence that they don t work in an economy that is reaching limits Continue Reading The Church of Economism and its discontents Written by Contributor Mar 26 2016 0 Comments Alternatives ECONOMY Education Awareness GREEN POLITICS New Economy Commons RECOMMENDED Sustainability Transition Richard Norgaard writes Two centuries of explosive economic growth have radically altered our world With human activity now the major driver of geological change the industrial era has come to be called the Anthropocene In this essay I instead adopt the term Econocene thereby underscoring its ideological foundation economism the reduction of all social relations to market logic Continue Reading Book Video Thanatia The destiny of the Earth s mineral resources Written by Contributor Mar 24 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf Consumption ECONOMY Resource Use Sustainability VIDEOS Is Gaia becoming Thanatia a resource exhausted planet For how long can our high tech society be sustained in the light of declining mineral ore grades heavy dependence on un recycled critical metals and accelerated material dispersion Thanatia presents a cradle to cradle view of Earth s abiotic resources through a novel approach based on the Second Law of Thermodynamics Continue Reading Bookshelf Failed What the experts got wrong about the global economy Written by Contributor Mar 21 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf DEVELOPMENT ECONOMY Finance Debt Planning Policy Poverty Inequality Author Mark Weisbrot says Behind almost every prolonged economic malfeasance there is some combination of outworn bad ideas incompetence and the malign influence of powerful special interests Unfortunately such nightmares are repeated

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  • education & awareness – Ecologise
    that natural world to the bargaining table This is not about being a nature lover who only cares about animals and plants but not about humans Continue Reading Neoliberalism the ideology at the root of all our problems Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf ECONOMY Education Awareness Finance Debt Planning Policy RECOMMENDED Resource Use George Monbiot writes So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom recognise it as an ideology We accept the proposition that this utopian millenarian faith describes a neutral force a biological law like Darwin s theory of evolution But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power Continue Reading Study Climate change takes from the poor gives to the rich Written by Contributor Apr 17 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Education Awareness Poverty Inequality Resource Use A new study finds that climate change is triggering a massive reallocation of resources to the world s wealthiest countries Fish and other important resources are moving toward the Earth s poles as the climate warms and wealth is moving with them according to a new paper by scientists at Rutgers Princeton Yale and Arizona State universities Continue Reading Video Learning from water What if we need to disobey to survive Written by Contributor Apr 13 2016 0 Comments Education Awareness Ideas Inspiration VIDEOS Nikhil VJ writes Although water is a liquid it breaks nearly all the rules that liquids follow and has characteristics that are totally unique It is precisely the rule bending characteristics of water that make life possible In what other systems can a little breaking of the rules be essential to making life possible sustainable thriving Continue Reading Ideas For Going Forward A manifesto for a world in crisis Written by Contributor Apr 8 2016 0 Comments Alternatives Culture Communication Education Awareness GREEN POLITICS Ideas Inspiration Transition Some Possible Ideas For Going Forward is a manifesto for global change signed by leading activists academics and intellectuals including Noam Chomsky to help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that over time come to a synthesis We believe only program that is fully understood and owned by grassroots participants can win lasting change Continue Reading Video Climate science pioneer Hansen warns of disastrous climate shift Written by Contributor Mar 31 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Education Awareness Future Scenarios VIDEOS The world may be much closer to an abrupt and catastrophic climate shift than previously thought That s the warning from modern climate science pioneer James Hansen His latest research suggests that polar ice sheet disintegration may cause sea level rise enough to drown coastal cities not in a few centuries but in a few decades Continue Reading The Church of Economism and its discontents Written by Contributor Mar 26 2016 0 Comments Alternatives ECONOMY Education Awareness GREEN POLITICS New Economy Commons RECOMMENDED Sustainability Transition Richard Norgaard writes Two centuries of explosive economic growth have radically altered our world With human activity now the major

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  • energy – Ecologise
    nuclear reactors from ailing American equipment suppliers is financially fraught and irrelevant for India s electricity needs If built the reactors will cost anywhere between Rs 6 3 lakh crore and Rs 11 lakh crore thereby translating to unaffordable and obscenely high electricity tariffs Continue Reading How the coal industry is deepening the global water crisis Written by Contributor Mar 26 2016 0 Comments ENERGY Planning Policy Soil Water Sustainability The high water intensity of global energy generation is leading to water coal conflict caused by coal power production Greenpeace International has prepared a groundbreaking analysis of the impacts of the world s coal power plants on global water resources The world s coal power plants are consuming water that could meet the basic requirements for nearly 1 billion people Continue Reading Bookshelf When trucks stop running so does civilization Written by Contributor Mar 23 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf ECONOMY ENERGY Future Scenarios Peak Oil Energy Descent Planning Policy Sustainability Systemic Collapse Technology Virtually everything in our homes everything in our stores got there on a truck Prior to that 90 percent of those items were transported on a ship and or a train If trucks trains and ships stopped running our global economy and way of life would stop too Alice Friedemann s new book examines precisely this prospect Continue Reading The Paris Climate Talks A Nepali View Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Consumption DEVELOPMENT ENERGY Planning Policy Resource Use Sustainability Technology Shail Shrestha writes at Local Futures Technology transfer from the North to South has long been regarded as the path to a better life in less developed regions of the world But even the best and the most sustainable technology proposed in Paris would make Nepal less sustainable than it is today leading us in the wrong direction Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 86 Written by Ecologise Mar 10 2016 0 Comments NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE Bill McKibben reports On March 3 across the northern hemisphere the temperature for a few hours crossed a line it was more than two degrees Celsius above normal for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization Two degrees Celsius is the must not cross red line Continue Reading Towards Energy Democracy A Vision Statement Written by Contributor Mar 6 2016 0 Comments ENERGY GREEN POLITICS INDIA Planning Policy Resource Use Sustainability Transition Unlimited growth and consumerist culture is incompatible with a finite world We call for an urgent paradigm shift from the currently dominant model of consumption led development to creating frameworks of human and ecological well being This transition should be defined by the principles of sustainability equity and justice Adopted at the Bijli Vikalp Sangam Bodh Gaya Continue Reading Whatever happened to Peak Oil Written by Contributor Feb 25 2016 0 Comments ENERGY Future Scenarios Peak Oil Energy Descent RECOMMENDED Resource Use Systemic Collapse John Michael Greer writes While the standard peak oil scenario did

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  • extreme weather events – Ecologise
    writes India has the world s largest number of people without access to clean water The financial burden of this has fallen on its poorest agrarian communities but the crisis is now spilling over to industries too In Marathwada the tanker business is the only one booming The rest of the economy has collapsed Continue Reading There s a drought in many parts of India Why isn t it making headlines Written by Contributor Apr 3 2016 0 Comments ECONOMY Food Farming INDIA Livelihoods Rural India Soil Water Harish Damodaran writes In the past droughts invariably fuelled speculation and hoarding by unscrupulous traders But this time Indians in the cities are hardly feeling the pinch Barring sugar consumers aren t paying all that much more compared to a year ago Simply put this time it is a drought essentially of farmers and rural producers Continue Reading The scientific challenge of attributing extreme weather events to human activity Written by Contributor Mar 28 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Education Awareness Roz Pidcock reports Working out whether human activity is supercharging extreme events like floods droughts and heatwaves is one of the youngest branches of climate science But it s moving at breakneck pace So much so that the US National Academy of Sciences has fast tracked a report taking stock of the science and where it s heading Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 87 Written by Ecologise Mar 17 2016 0 Comments NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE The Guardian reports According to a new NASA study the average global surface temperature in February was 1 35C warmer than the average temperature for the month between 1951 1980 a far bigger margin than ever seen before The unprecedented leap led scientists usually wary to label the new record a shocker and warn of a climate emergency Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 86 Written by Ecologise Mar 10 2016 0 Comments NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE Bill McKibben reports On March 3 across the northern hemisphere the temperature for a few hours crossed a line it was more than two degrees Celsius above normal for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization Two degrees Celsius is the must not cross red line Continue Reading CEO of India s first private weather forecasting organisation on strange weather trends Written by Contributor Feb 27 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Food Farming Health Safety INDIA Livelihoods SkyMet founder Jatin Singh says When SkyMet had said there was an El Nino and the 2014 monsoon won t be good the reaction of the then person in charge of IMD was that El Nino was a western conspiracy to play with our devices But the IMD s forecast after 2014 became very El Nino based Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 84 Written by Ecologise Feb 24 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE DEVELOPMENT Displacement Conflict ECONOMY ENERGY Food Farming INDIA NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE Peak Oil Energy Descent Pollution Toxicity Resource Use Rural India Soil Water

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