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  • BAS Round Table – Ecologise
    farmer to national treasure Hareesh on Subhash Palekar From farmer to national treasure H R Prakash on When communalists turns on environmentalists Ashok Kundapur on In spite of cool advertising electric cars also damage the environment Tags activism agrarian crisis agriculture air pollution alternatives Books capitalism carbon emissions China Climate Change coal corporate rule deforestation development ecological conflict economic growth education awareness energy extreme weather events food security fossil fuels future scenarios Gail Tverberg global economy green politics India inequality Kurt Cobb Narendra Modi government neoliberalism oil prices organic farming Paris climate talks peak oil Renewable energy resource depletion resource extraction Richard Heinberg rural India Sagar Dhara Sustainability Transition videos water crisis weather patterns Archives Archives Select Month May 2016 4 April 2016 51 March 2016 46 February 2016 31 January 2016 27 December 2015 31 November 2015 29 October 2015 19 September 2015 12 August 2015 13 July 2015 9 June 2015 11 May 2015 13 April 2015 12 March 2015 16 February 2015 17 January 2015 10 December 2014 10 November 2014 10 October 2014 10 September 2014 11 August 2014 7 July 2014 5 June 2014 7 May 2014 2 April 2014 3 March 2014 4 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Upcoming Events Webinar on Groundtruthing at online event Groundtruthing gathers information that connects regulatory requirements with actual impacts development has on people Resource person Kanchi Kohli 12th May 2016 12th May 2016 Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at Hyderabad Understand and combat Hyderabad s water problems through rain water harvesting 15th May 2016 15th May 2016 Thought for Food at Palampur Himachal Pradesh Workshop on eating responsibly sharing strategies and tools for doing so 18th May 2016 22nd May 2016 Two short courses on Development at Azim Premji

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  • Bookshelf: The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist’s Quest for a Sustainable Future – Ecologise
    read every previous paper on the geology of Devil s Lake to put their research into the context of all the previous literature From this experience Hubbert learned the importance of reserving judgment on any scientific idea until after examining the primary evidence By age 26 Hubbert had accrued three scholarly publishing credits and had begun teaching a pioneering geophysics class at the University of Chicago despite still being a student himself By 36 he had earned his M S and Ph D taught at Columbia published his first book and been the first to mathematically demonstrate the plasticity of rock in the Earth s crust as well as correctly state Darcy s Law The latter has to do with the movement of water underground and it would turn out to have significant practical applications in oil and gas extraction Inman s skills as a science writer shine in the parts where he explains the importance of these and other seminal contributions of Hubbert s He describes the principles involved in plain engaging English The author also gives a fascinating succinct history of the most subversive but also perhaps least remembered piece of Hubbert s legacy his involvement in the Technocracy movement This began during the early 30s when Hubbert met a brilliant engineer and intellectual named Howard Scott Scott was preoccupied with what he saw as the failure of our social system to keep pace with the revolution in our everyday energy usage permitted by fossil fuels For example the price system of standard economics was based on the scarcity of goods but scarcity had become a thing of the past with the modern era s bonanza of cheap plentiful energy Less and less human labor was required to provide for everyone s needs a circumstance that would eventually lead to mass unemployment indeed Scott had fairly accurately predicted the Great Depression To solve this Scott envisioned a form of governance whereby society would be led by scientists and technical experts who understood the physical laws governing the amounts of energy available to humankind Hubbert was captivated by Scott s ideas and championed an effort to make them part of the public discourse Thus began Technocracy a movement that advocated the abolition of the price system and the replacement of money with energy certificates Using this new form of currency people would pay for goods according to how much energy it had taken to make them In addition the standard work week would be reduced to 16 hours thanks to the continued efficiencies made possible by automation Everyone who worked 16 hours a week would earn the same number of certificates meaning no one would be paid more than anyone else The certificates would expire after a year and wouldn t be tradable preventing the accumulation of wealth At the height of its popularity in the early 30s Technocracy was a household word It was also by the early 40s deemed so threatening that a number of Technocrats found themselves the targets of investigations by the House Un American Activities Committee Technocracy eventually faded into obscurity in the eyes of the general public but it remains active today At the time that Hubbert made his famous 1956 prediction about the peak of America s oil production he was a chief consultant at Shell Oil Company He presented his prediction during the keynote speech he gave for the American Petroleum Institute s annual meeting in San Antonio Texas Right as he was about to begin he was taken aside to answer a call from Shell s frantic public relations office Inman nicely dramatizes this scene in Oracle s prologue using details from the transcript of an interview of Hubbert conducted years later We get a fine sense of Hubbert s calm resoluteness as he brushes aside the PR guy s request for him to tone down his message by omitting the sensational parts Hubbert flatly states that there is no sensationalism in his presentation Just straightforward analysis As prescient as Hubbert was with regard to the peak and decline of oil he was equally at the forefront of promoting alternative energy sources When information on nuclear power was just starting to be declassified in the mid 50s under the U S government s Atoms for Peace program Hubbert became an avid believer in nuclear energy s potential Though he had previously thought only hydroelectric power capable of replacing oil Inman recounts how impressed Hubbert was by what he learned of the immense quantities of energy released by fission a little bit of uranium had a hell of a lot of energy he quotes him saying Hubbert s involvement with nuclear energy began when the government selected him based on his geological expertise to advise on underground storage of radioactive wastes However by the early 70s Hubbert grew fearful of nuclear due to the danger posed by its wastes and came to embrace solar instead Once again this was a recommendation made far in advance of global peak oil and thus it might have been a viable one if acted on promptly Another remarkable thing about Hubbert is that he bucked the trend among those in the fossil fuel industries to downplay or question mainstream climate science and did so as early as 1981 It should be noted that there have been prominent peak oil experts since his time who have shamelessly encouraged climate denialism In August 1981 Hubbert read the seminal Science article Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide by a team of NASA scientists led by James Hansen In his research Inman uncovered a copy of this article with underlining and notes by Hubbert Of particular alarm to Hubbert it seems was the amount of flooding that could occur by 2100 due to rising sea levels if the warming trend in Earth s atmosphere were to continue Indeed one of the passages Hubbert underlined was would flood 25 percent of Louisiana and Florida 10 percent of New Jersey

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  • Contributor – Ecologise
    Express analysis shows we are witnessing four back to back droughts for the first time in at least 100 years and are coursing through another as we speak At least two of them were severe The analysis of rainfall data across states for the past three decades threw up some startling Continue Reading Bookshelf Hot Earth Dreams by Hank Landis Written by Contributor Apr 30 2016 0 Comments Bookshelf CLIMATE CHANGE Culture Communication Future Scenarios Systemic Collapse John Michael Greer writes We are about to witness the disintegration of everything that counts as business as usual and the opening phases of a bleak new reality that Frank Landis has sketched out in his Hot Earth Dreams a brilliant fictional take on what the world will look like in the wake of severe climate change READ Continue Reading Four critical voices on India s perennial drought problem Written by Contributor Apr 29 2016 0 Comments Alternatives CLIMATE CHANGE Food Farming INDIA Planning Policy Resource Use Rural India Soil Water Sustainability Many parts of India is in the grip of severe drought some for the third consecutive year leading to growing hunger mass migration water conflicts and farmer suicides We present four well known voices Yogendra Yadav Jean Dreze Sunita Narain and the late Anil Agarwal on India s perennial drought problem its causes and possible solutions Continue Reading Drought Digest Dry planet In every continent flashing red Written by Contributor Apr 27 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE Digests Special Features Displacement Conflict Food Farming Soil Water The Indian Express reports The Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System GIDMaPS map shows large patches of dry areas in every continent indicating droughts of varying severity The GIDMaPS is a drought monitoring and prediction system that provides near real time drought information based on multiple drought indicators and input data sets mostly from NASA Continue Reading Video Disobedience The rise of the global fossil fuel resistance Written by Contributor Apr 27 2016 0 Comments Alternatives CLIMATE CHANGE GREEN POLITICS Transition VIDEOS Disobedience is the story of the struggle to save the world Disobedience tells the David vs Goliath tales of front line leaders around the world risking life and limb in the fight for a liveable climate Interwoven with this riveting verite footage are the most renowned voices in the global conversation around social movements and climate justice Continue Reading The Fourth Industrial Revolution What it means and how to respond Written by Contributor Apr 26 2016 0 Comments ECONOMY Future Scenarios RECOMMENDED Technology Klaus Schwab writes A technological revolution is fundamentally altering the way we live work and relate to one another In its scale scope and complexity its unlike anything humankind has experienced before We do not yet know just how it will unfold but the response to it must involve all stakeholders of the global polity Continue Reading Bookshelf 150 Strong A Pathway to a Different Future Written by Contributor Apr 25 2016 0 Comments Alternatives Bookshelf ECONOMY Education Awareness

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  • Special: The shocking predicament of the Marathwada farmer, up close – Ecologise
    share on Google Opens in new window 15th May 2016 15th May 2016 Thought for Food at Palampur Himachal Pradesh Workshop on eating responsibly sharing strategies and tools for doing so Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 18th May 2016 22nd May 2016 Two short courses on Development at Azim Premji University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features Special The shocking predicament of the Marathwada farmer up close Written by Contributor May 1 2016 0 Comments Marathwada has seen a rise in farmer suicides due to a combination of shrinking agricultural income and an inability to repay loans Reported suicides in the eight districts comprising Marathwada jumped 570 per cent between 2012 and 2015 In this probing multi part series Tushar Dhara takes a closer look at the never ending crisis of Marathwada s farmers Tushar Dhara Firstpost Why debt ridden farmers are deemed least creditworthy In order to understand how credit functions in a rural area Firstpost met executives of the Osmanabad Janta Cooperative Bank Ltd in Latur in the third week of March Vaijanath Shinde is the vice president of the bank Small farmers don t have the capacity to repay Shinde was categorical We sometimes lend to farmers but only small amounts of a lakh rupees or so The bank prefers lending to businessmen traders shopkeepers and agro businesses because these have the potential to stimulate economic activity thus generating an income stream that can be used for debt servicing In other words in a hierarchy of creditworthiness farmers are at the bottom and businessmen are on top Toothless laws lead to water exploitation Enacting a law is not sufficient A law by itself states general principles It is the rules notifications orders and circulars that provide the details for implementation prescribe procedures establish time frames and guidelines for the empowerment and punishment of officials In the absence of rules a law for all practical purposes is an Act on paper a toothless piece of legislation The absence of the operative part of these laws is one of the key reasons that has contributed to the drought Purandare said in an interview in Aurangabad In fact the legal architecture governing water and irrigation is a vast grey zone enabling vested interests to exploit water indiscriminately Will outreach help reduce farmer suicides A pilot project in Osmanabad district seeks to train barefoot psychiatrists to provide palliative medical treatment to people who are psychologically distressed The project which is a collaboration between two local NGOs is training people in basic mental health concepts They will in turn fan out in the villages

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  • Express Study: Fourth Successive ‘Drought’ in 100 Years – Ecologise
    time in at least 100 years and are coursing through another as we speak At least two of them were severe The analysis of rainfall data across states for the past three decades threw up some startling findings Sunitha Natti The New Indian Express CHENNAI Consecutive droughts in the last two years reduced the water levels in 91 reservoirs and aggravated the drinking water situation in India Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday Just two years An Express analysis shows we are witnessing four back to back droughts for the first time in at least 100 years and are coursing through another as we speak At least two of them were severe The analysis of rainfall data across states for the past three decades threw up some startling findings But before we delve deeper the basics As per the India Meteorological Department IMD a normal monsoon is one in which rainfall amounting to 98 104 per cent of the Long Period Average LPA is received The LPA is based on 50 years of data Annual rainfall of 90 96 per cent of LPA is considered below normal and anything under 90 per cent is deficient Last year we received 89 cm of rainfall And at present we are in the midst of a Severe Drought Year Or to put it in IMD s latest jargon a large deficient year If we receive below 80 cm of rain in a year it s a drought But by this metric we have had zero droughts since 1901 Not even once was rainfall below 80 cm or 10 deficient rain than normal In only five instances was it in double digits 1905 97 7 cm 1965 94 7 cm 1972 94 7 cm 2002 93 cm and 2009 96 1 cm There s a catch IMD says if rainfall is 10 per cent below normal and the deficiency spans over 20 40 of the country s area it is an All India Drought Year If the deficiency occurs over more than 40 per cent of the area it s an All India Severe Drought Year By that reckoning we have had four severe droughts 1965 1987 2002 and 2009 when over 10 15 states took a hit Although it hasn t been declared yet going by the information in the Supreme Court affidavit 2015 will fall under the severe category with about 330 million affected and lower than normal rainfall spanning over 50 per cent of the land mass In contrast the IMD s climatology report for 2015 only notes that there was an annual rainfall deficiency read not drought due to significant below average rains during the southwest monsoon season Analysing IMD s rainfall data we found that between 2010 and 2014 7 10 states Andhra Pradesh Telangana Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Gujarat Haryana Punjab Jharkhand and Bihar had a rainfall deficit of at least 5 10 every year In 2014 10 states with an aggregate

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  • Bookshelf: Hot Earth Dreams by Hank Landis – Ecologise
    global economy green politics India inequality Kurt Cobb Narendra Modi government neoliberalism oil prices organic farming Paris climate talks peak oil Renewable energy resource depletion resource extraction Richard Heinberg rural India Sagar Dhara Sustainability Transition videos water crisis weather patterns Archives Archives Select Month May 2016 3 April 2016 51 March 2016 46 February 2016 31 January 2016 27 December 2015 31 November 2015 29 October 2015 19 September 2015 12 August 2015 13 July 2015 9 June 2015 11 May 2015 13 April 2015 12 March 2015 16 February 2015 17 January 2015 10 December 2014 10 November 2014 10 October 2014 10 September 2014 11 August 2014 7 July 2014 5 June 2014 7 May 2014 2 April 2014 3 March 2014 4 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Upcoming Events Webinar on Groundtruthing at online event Groundtruthing gathers information that connects regulatory requirements with actual impacts development has on people Resource person Kanchi Kohli Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 12th May 2016 12th May 2016 Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at Hyderabad Understand and combat Hyderabad s water problems through rain water harvesting Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 15th May 2016 15th May 2016 Thought for Food at Palampur Himachal Pradesh Workshop on eating responsibly sharing strategies and tools for doing so Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 18th

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  • Ecologise Hyderabad: Workshops for Sustainability and Equality – Ecologise
    Events Special Features Shunya net Ecologise Hyderabad Workshops for Sustainability and Equality Written by T Vijayendra Apr 29 2016 0 Comments Some of us have recently created a small group called Ecologise Hyderabad The aim of the group is to look at the many ecological crises of the city holistically interact with experts and social activist and run programmes to strengthen the efforts of the activists in running green programmes in different localities of the city T Vijayendra Recently we have created a small group called Ecologise Hyderabad The aim of the group is to look at the ecological crisis of the city holistically interact with experts and social activist and run programmes to strengthen the efforts of the activists in running green programmes in different localities of the city We emphasize that there are several issues not just water waste management home composting terrace gardens transport health education etc and eventually in each localities we have to run several programmes Ecologise Hyderabad is an idea a programme to address these issues with the resources available within the city There are scholars social groups activist groups ngos who have analyzed these issues concretely and have done significant work towards solving them The idea is to expose our citizens to these ideas and expand the work The Hyderabad Green Directory prepared by this author gives an idea of the resources available in the city We are planning to run several workshops one day each for each topic There has been tremendous response to our first workshop on Rain Water Harvesting at La Makaan on May 15 2016 It was announced by La Makaan through their face book page We got 1251 as interested and 424 as going So we had to introduce registration and make the event invite only To that also we have got 92 responses in a couple of days The capacity of the hall is only 40 The coordinator is Mayank Ale who is 20 year old and the compeer is Deepa Kiran 40 who is a story teller We are seeing to it that young people lead the event All this shows that probably the time has come for these issues to become centre stage in the citizen s concern View announcement for our first workshop on rainwater harvesting The Dying City and the City of Tomorrow The City is dying not only Hyderabad but all big cities cities that have grown because of cheap petroleum While there has been a fall in petroleum prices in the last year the era of cheap and plentiful oil is essentially over Cities are energy consumers not producers With the fossil fuel era coming to a close and no viable alternative energy source visible on the horizon cities as they exist today are unsustainable They will not disappear overnight but will perforce shrink If such a shrink is not to be chaotic it is better to plan their shrink from now Hyderabad Today We are living in a city that

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  • T. Vijayendra – Ecologise
    tools for doing so 18th May 2016 22nd May 2016 Two short courses on Development at Azim Premji University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features About T Vijayendra Marxist Anarchist activist and educator in the field of building fossil fuel free communities in India His articles are available at http t vijayendra blogspot in You can write to him at t vijayendra gmail com Posts by T Vijayendra Ecologise Hyderabad Workshops for Sustainability and Equality Written by T Vijayendra Apr 29 2016 0 Comments Alternatives Culture Communication Ecologise Events Education Awareness Sustainability Transition Some of us have recently created a small group called Ecologise Hyderabad The aim of the group is to look at the many ecological crises of the city holistically interact with experts and social activist and run programmes to strengthen the efforts of the activists in running green programmes in different localities of the city Continue Reading Peak Oil Or why city slickers should learn to get their hands dirty Written by T Vijayendra Nov 15 2015 0 Comments Alternatives ENERGY Food Farming Peak Oil Energy Descent RECOMMENDED Peak Oil Food Security and Urban Agriculture T Vijayendra Abstract Peak Oil refers to the point when oil production reaches a peak and henceforth can only fall This has already happened This has enormous implications for food security It raises cost and prices of food because farm inputs primarily fertilisers and pesticides are petroleum Continue Reading T Vijayendra Post Carbon Society And Transition Written by T Vijayendra Feb 17 2015 0 Comments ALL POSTS Alternatives ENERGY GREEN POLITICS INDIA RECOMMENDED Sustainability Transition The Industrial Society or the Carbon Society The present social system that we are living is called Industrial Society It began with the Industrial Revolution 1760 1830 in the West and was followed by social revolution in various countries Holland France England and the USA ending the age old feudal society and ushering in Continue Reading Negative entropy and sustainability Written by T Vijayendra Feb 16 2015 0 Comments DEVELOPMENT Education Awareness ENERGY Food Farming RECOMMENDED Sustainability Technology When we talk of sustainability we often hear terms like eco friendly technologies appropriate technologies etc To this critics often say that we re talking of going back to nature we are being primitive unscientific and that this is not possible This article tries to provide a logic for eco friendly appropriate technologies using human and animal power Continue Reading T Vijayendra You Too Brutus Written by T Vijayendra Nov 19 2014 1 Comment ALL POSTS CLIMATE CHANGE ENERGY Why climate scientist James Hansen s exhortation to embrace nuclear power is just wishful thinking T Vijayendra Climatologist James Hansen is the former head of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and one of the world s leading advocates of the dangers of climate change Last year he joined senior scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution s Department of Continue Reading Old Age and

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