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  • A Green Development Manifesto for Kerala – Ecologise
    two days of finalizing for ensuring accountability and transparency 7 Publish the data bank as stipulated in the State Paddy and Wetlands Conservation Act 2008 at the earliest and make it available to people for verification and finalize and put on the website within six months Till then no transactions on these lands should be permitted 8 Wetlands and paddy lands reclaimed after the introduction of the 2008 Act should be recovered and restored 9 Make amendments to the wetland and paddy land Act of 2008 including paddy land in the definition of wetlands and giving a definition for the public purpose mentioned under reclamation of wetland 10 No new land for industries should be allowed till all the land allotted for industries are utilized and in no circumstances wetlands and other critical ecologically sensitive habitats should be allotted for development purposes 11 All requests for land should be online and made available in the website 12 Paddy lands should be declared as Paddy Reserves and shall never be converted for any other purpose Agricultural land should not be utilized for any non agricultural practices 14 An act for protecting the hills in the non forest area should be enacted within six months 15 An independent set up to be called Mining Resource Expert Committee may be constituted with experts drawn from various institutions of the State independent experts working with various NGOs of repute and representatives of local communities to assess the availability and extractability in terms of environmental implications Constitute District level Environment Impact Assessment Committee for monitoring the mining operations 17 Eco restoration of the catchments of hydro power and irrigation projects to improve their life span and performance 18 Declare Sand Holidays in over mined rivers for the next five years 19 Commission a socio economic cultural and environment assessment of the Vallarpadam terminal within one year a cumulative impact of the project evaluating the environmental cost 20 Commission a cumulative Impact assessment covering socio economic cultural and environmental impact of the Vizhinjam project bringing out fully the environmental cost and balance them with the proposed gain 21 Institute a social audit of the Pollution Control Board consisting of public hearing in areas having major environmental issues 22 Commission an environment audit for the last thirty years in the Western Ghats midlands and coastal areas to assess the environmental scenario and the development achievements Investors for industries should be promoted for meeting the State s requirements and not to satisfy the investors interest alone 24 Implement the Kerala state organic farming policy in letter and spirit and ensure that all food crops in Kerala are under organic farming within four years and the cash crops within eight years 25 Production and use of pesticides in the state should be phased out accordingly and also the sale of those items 26 All planning and decision making should be totally bottom up starting from the Neighbourhood Groups NHG and they should be allowed to plan and implement the development programmes 27 Local resources should be the right of the local communities and any project in an area should have the written approval of the NHGs apart from the grama sabha and panchayat 28 All projects should have written permission of the Biodiversity Management Committee 29 Cess from private and public enterprises should be collected for reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable income for the farmers and adivasies of the state 30 A strong building code should be introduced within two years limiting the maximum size of a house depending on the number of members making all constructions environment friendly reducing the use of non renewable material such as granites sand and steel insisting water harvesting systems in all the houses recycling and reuse of water approval of houses costing more than Rs 30 lakhs with a condition to install solar power provision for inexpensive but effective waste processing unit 31 Preparing a Wetland Register for each panchayat in the State giving a number recording the size depth and biodiversity of every wetlands ponds tanks canals streams lakes and rivers which should be kept at the panchayat and it should be responsible for its maintenance 32 Appointing a Mission for Wetland Restoration and ensure restoration of every pond stream canal and river within two years Appoint a Commission of inquiry to find out the buildings constructed in the coastal areas violating the CZR rules and take action against the violators within one year Copy of all the applications submitted and consents given by the Pollution Control Board should be made online The functioning of SEIAA and KCZMA should be transparent and they should initiate criminal cases in all cases of CRZ Violation 36 Introduce a policy strategy and action plan followed by suitable legislations for marine fisheries with a focus to maximize catch arrest illicit fishing trawling at night trawling with banned gears juvenile fishing controlling the number of fishing vessels and stopping registration of new vessels especially trawlers and also taking care of the well being of fishers and their families 37 Introduce a policy for coastal fisheries focusing on improved production which would entail inter alia conservation of coastal wetlands allowing free flow of water from the rivers to maintain the coastal ecosystem and protecting them from pollution 38 Promote indigenous species of fishes for aquaculture and totally ban alien species 39 Implement the land use policy formulated during 2009 40 Companies should be legally accountable for the environmental damages that they cause and for mitigating measures 41 Promote education for sustainable development in all formal and informal systems of education and change the syllabi accordingly 42 Constitute a Youth Green Brigade in ach panchayat to promote organic farming and nature conservation 43 Fallow lands in the State should be converted for organic farming under the initiatives of LSG 44 Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports be revisited and the provisions that would help everyone especially the farmers tribes people and common man and the provision that ensure ecological security

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  • The Panama Papers: Consequences of centralised money and power – Ecologise
    Papers Consequences of centralised money and power Written by Contributor Apr 7 2016 0 Comments Charles Hugh Smith writes If we don t change the way money is created and distributed we will never change anything The Panama Papers offer damning proof of this increasing concentrations of wealth and power free of constraint like taxes is not just the consequence of centralized money and state power but its only possible output Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds If we don t change the way money is created and distributed we will never change anything The Panama Papers offer damning proof of this increasing concentrations of wealth and power that are free of any constraint such as taxes is not just the consequence of centralized money and state power this inequality is the only possible output of centralized money and state power Here is a graphic portrayal of just how concentrated global wealth really is the top 7 less than 1 own 45 of all global wealth and the top 8 own 85 Here is a depiction of wealth in the U S Here is my description of how centralized money and finance inevitably creates debt serfdom as its only possible output Once the creation and distribution of money is centralized the corruption of political power is inevitable as wealth can always buy political favors such as tax evasion schemes Concentrations of private wealth and the central state are simply two sides of the same coin Private wealth monopolies and cartels are all protected and enforced by the state central bank the status quo exists to protect the privileges of the few at the expense of the many Well meaning but hopelessly naive people are constantly proposing reforms of the status quo reforms that are doomed from the start because they fail to change the way money is created and distributed As long as central banks create and distribute money to banks which are free to use the money for speculation and lend vast sums at near zero rates of interest to corprorations and financiers nothing can possibly change Recall that the central state enforces moral hazard if banks reap vast profits on their gambles they keep the winnings and can use a sliver of this wealth to buy political favors from politicos like Hillary Clinton If they lose the bets and are insolvent the federal government and the central bank Federal Reserve bail them out by transferring the losses to the public or by rigging the system to funnel cash to the banks via paying interest on deposits held at the Fed while slashing interest income to the serfs to near zero There is another way to run the world if money is decentralized i e created by a distributed decentralized system that pays people directly for their labor rather than being distributed to banks to lend at interest the sort of concentrations of wealth power and exploitation enabled by central banking would no longer be possible Technologies such as

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  • NEWS UPDATE #90 – Ecologise
    Assam Syed A A Farhan Youth Ki Awaaz Assam is not directly affected by the rising sea levels due to climate change It does however bear the brunt of the changes in Bangladesh The effects of climate change are slated to cause extreme weather conditions due to increased cyclonic activity in the Bay of Bengal Already the flow of migrants between Assam and Bangladesh is considered to be the largest in the world While the Congress focuses on job creation and promises innovation centers the BJP has decided to make the issue of illegal immigrants in Assam a major poll bank concern How Monsanto Found An Able Adversary in the Sangh Parivaar Naren Karunakaran The Times of India The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh BKS an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh RSS the ideological fount of the Modi government which lobbied hard and helped skewer agribusiness multinational Monsanto with a price control regimen recently on genetically modified Bt cotton seeds is girding up for a long battle ahead It is now pushing the government to create a network of six new agriculture universities entirely focused on organics implying that the existing research and extension network is compromised Genetically modified GM crops do not figure in its grand plans for the future although the BKS makes it clear that they are not against science as some would put it and that they are only keen on a robust regulatory regime to ensure safety and environmental concerns are upheld Mumbai BJP asks cricket board to shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra because of drought Scroll in The Mumbai unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to shift Indian Premier League cricket matches out of the state because of prevailing drought conditions reported PTI In a letter city BJP Secretary Vivekanand Gupta said more than 70 lakh litres of water will be needed to maintain the grounds for the 19 matches scheduled to be played at Mumbai Pune and Nagpur between April 9 and May 29 Hill women no longer panic over water scarcity India Together In many parts of rural India women spend most of their time walking long distances to collect water for their household s needs Nitin Jugran Bahuguna visits the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand where the women no longer have to worry about fetching water from long distances thanks to an intervention that has brought potable water right to their doorstep Also read Report on a similar initiative in Maharashtra s Mhaswad Protein rich western diets are unsustainable Global Food Policy report Live Mint Climate change will continue to have a negative impact on agriculture and every year about 12 million hectares of land is degraded because of drought and desertification said a new report released on Thursday It added that global agriculture accounts for a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions and climate ready crops that are water efficient are key to feeding the growing population The Global Food Policy Report 2016 by the International Food Policy Research Institute also came down heavily on animal protein rich Western diets which it said were unsustainable and impacting the environment Beef production requires four times more land than cattle for every unit of protein and beef is seven times more resource intensive than pork and poultry the report said A Nightmare Is Unfolding in the Great Barrier Reef Maddie Stone Gizmodo This week marine biologists dropped some horribly depressing news the Great Barrier Reef is dying The world s largest reef is in the midst of a widespread coral bleaching event and scientists aren t sure whether it will fully recover Over the past few days Terry Hughes of James Cook University has led aerial surveys of more than 500 reefs from Cairns to Papa New Guinea including the most pristine sections of the Great Barrier Reef Everywhere Hughes traveled he was met with a nightmarish scene the ghostly white remains of a once vibrant ecosystem All told Hughes estimates that 95 percent of the northern Great Barrier Reef is severely bleached marking the worst such event on record Is Climate Change Putting World s Microbiomes at Risk Jim Robbins Yale Environment 360 Researchers are only beginning to understand the complexities of the microbes in the earth s soil and the role they play in fostering healthy ecosystems Now climate change is threatening to disrupt these microbes and the key functions they provide Judge Approves Historic 20 Billion Settlement for 2010 BP Oil Spill Common Dreams A federal judge in New Orleans on Monday gave final approval to a historic 20 billion settlement in the years long legal battle over the 2010 BP oil spill that killed 11 workers and devastated coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico According to the Associated Press the settlement includes 5 5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments The money is to be paid out over a 16 year period The U S Department of Justice DOJ estimated that it will cost BP as much as 20 8 billion while the company says other related expenses such as cleaning efforts and various other settlements will exceed 53 billion Amid Climate Fueled Food Crisis Filipino Forces Open Fire on Starving Farmers Common Dreams Police and army forces shot at about 6 000 starving farmers and Lumad Indigenous people demonstrating for drought relief in the Philippines on Friday ultimately killing 10 The farmers and Indigenous people had been blockading a highway in the Cotabato province for four days in a desperate plea for government aid after this winter s record breaking temperatures produced a three months long drought that has destroyed their crops and now threatens their lives The demonstrators were asking the government to provide 15 000 sacks of rice to ease the hunger crisis Provincial governor Emmylou Mendoza has refused to engage the protesters Report Health Impacts

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  • Global capitalism is facing three tipping points – Ecologise
    precursors for the American civil war that was fought on the issue of abolition of slavery Serf revolts The 1381 English peasants revolted against high taxes resulting from England s 100 year war with France an end to serfdom and the removal of the King s senior officials and law courts Other contributing causes for the revolt were the increase in the wealth gap between serfs and feudal lords famine and acute labour shortage the Black Plague caused in the 14 th century and instability of the Roman Catholic Church The revolt quickly spread to rural England and was supported by serfs artisans and village officials After the revolt the Crown found it difficult to raise additional taxes for the war against France The Cossack Rebellion was a series of Russian peasant revolts that happened after Catherine the Great seized power in Russia in 1762 soon after her husband Tsar Peter III was assassinated She reversed the Tsar s proclamation to end serfdom increased taxes and enhanced compulsory service to the crown Widespread peasant unrest led by a disaffected ex lieutenant Yemelyan Pugachev took control of the area between the Volga River and the Ural mountains until it was put down in 1774 Subsequently a series of 500 peasant revolts shook Russia until 1861 when Tsar Alexander II declared new reforms Revolts against capitalism Since the advent of capitalism working people s uprisings have happened in most parts of the world Their demands were primarily for better wages employment terms and working conditions Of the revolts that attempted to change society to make it more equal only a handful succeeded notably in Russia China Vietnam Cuba In the last 50 years governments with socialist agendas were elected to power in Chile Nicaragua and Venezuela High inequality and the misery that World War 1 made the Russian people revolt In 1917 two uprisings centered in Petrograd where workers took over factories and community neighbourhoods swept away the old order When the Tsar abdicated in February 1917 a provisional government took over but six months later a popular people s surge brought the Bolsheviks to power A war weakened Russian army was in no position to oppose this move A modicum of equality was put into place in the USSR for 70 years but finally USSR collapsed in 1991 as socialism could not be implemented in one country and Russia and other successor states reverted back to capitalism After Salvador Allende s was elected to power in 1970 in Chile he attempted to implement a socialist programme to usher greater equality and people s participation in the country s governance But a military coup supported by the United States overthrew Allende in 1973 Socialism that ushers equality democracy peace and sustainability is yet to happen Moreover none of the countries that swung towards socialism barring Cuba attempted to become sustainable Cuba s move to become sustainable was not by design but by circumstance With the 1991 collapse of USSR Cuba lost its oil source and had to learn to do without oil yet maintain its standard of living or collapse Global inequality a tipping point today In 2009 the richest 1 in the world held 44 of the world s assets and by 2014 that grew to 46 By 2016 the asset holding eMergy vi of the richest 1 will equal the asset holding as the remaining 99 Oxfam 2015 The Gini index for the world as a whole is now at 70 i e inequality across the world is very high Almost a billion people live on less than 1 25 a day without enough to eat or a proper shelter and it will take them over 100 years to move above the poverty line Woodward 2015 Other inequalities between caste gender colour nationalities are deep rooted Despite its long history inequality became a tipping only in the 20 th Century The success of a revolt depends on the energy vii that those who fight inequality are able to muster against the dominant class and the state Slave and serf revolts never mustered sufficient energy to overthrow slavery and feudalism Capitalist states that collapsed e g Tsarist Russia and Kuomingtang China were depleted of their surplus energy reserves because of their involvement in the First and Second World Wars respectively hence failed to muster the energy required to defend themselves Nafziger and Lindert 2013 Tipping point 3 Global warming The third tipping point global warming is a consequence of fossil fuel overuse It is a consequence of fossil fuel overdraw that has disturbed the carbon cycle Only half the CO 2 emissions are sequestered back to earth the other half accumulates in the atmosphere to cause global warming It will take centuries for the carbon cycle to regain its equilibrium Humans have used 35 of the known 1 700 Gt viii Johansson 2012 of conventional fossil fuel reserves and cut a third of the 60 million km 2 of forests that existed in 1700 emitting 2 000 GtCO 2 e of greenhouse gases GHGs since the industrial revolution began IPCC 2014 Only another 1 000 GtCO 2 can be emitted if the world is to remain below an average 2 o C temperature rise that is widely regarded as a no to be crossed redline beyond which global warming impacts on the environment and human society will be severe Prior to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC inter governmental meeting held in Paris in December 2015 184 countries submitted voluntary pledges to tackle global warming The pledges covering 95 of global emissions and population have been incorporated in the Paris agreement The UNFCCC 2015 the UN Environment Programme UNEP 2015 and several researchers in their recently published assessments indicate that even if all pledges are fully implemented temperature rise by 2100 will definitely exceed 2 o C and may be in the range 3 4 o C Some researchers put the temperature rise as being closer to 5

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  • Sagar Dhara – Ecologise
    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 University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features About Sagar Dhara The author belongs to the most rapacious predator species that ever stalked the earth humans and to a net destructive discipline engineering that has to take more than a fair share of the responsibility for bringing earth and human society to tipping points His email id is sagdhara yahoo com Posts by Sagar Dhara Global capitalism is facing three tipping points Written by Sagar Dhara Apr 5 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE ECONOMY ENERGY Future Scenarios Poverty Inequality RECOMMENDED Resource Use Systemic Collapse In this article Sagar Dhara examines Capitalism s crucial tipping points The first the impending energy and natural resource crisis related to the sourcing of raw materials The second inequality related to the production of goods and services The third global warming which is related to greenhouse gas emissions GHGs in excess of the earth s sink capacity Continue Reading Why technology cannot adequately address climate change Written by Sagar Dhara Jan 11 2016 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE ENERGY RECOMMENDED The developed world s average per capita emissions are now a little more than twice the corresponding level in developing countries But the emissions gap between rich and poor individuals regardless of nation has increased And rich countries and individuals as always can rely on their wealth to protect them from many effects of global warming Continue Reading How viable is renewable energy Written by Sagar Dhara Dec 28 2015 1 Comment CLIMATE CHANGE ENERGY Technology Both solar and wind energy depend on rare earth elements that will likely become scarce in 20 years or so China accounted for 95 percent of the world s rare earth production raising fears that it might exert monopolistic control Meanwhile renewable energy technologies that could function without rare earths particularly photovoltaic technologies aren t close to deployment Continue Reading From Hopelesshagen to Flop21 the shenanigans of climate change negotiations Written by Sagar Dhara Dec 11 2015 0 Comments CLIMATE CHANGE INDIA RECOMMENDED Even if all emission pledges are fully implemented temperature rise by 2100 will exceed 2oC and may be in the range 3 4oC The additional carbon space of 1 000 GtCO2 will fill by 2040 just 5 years later than had emissions continued in a business as usual manner Clearly the pledges are too little and have come too late Continue Reading The climate challenge is deeper than technology Written by Sagar Dhara Oct 24 2015 1 Comment CLIMATE CHANGE ENERGY Bulletin

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  • Techno-fascism in the 21st century – Ecologise
    who disagrees even slightly with the positions of the government being branded as anti national Wars both external and internal are useful mechanisms for whipping up the nationalist sentiment They have the added advantage of distracting popular attention from the real social and economic issues that plague the people with even greater intensity All these features are not particularly new indeed they have many historical precedents However 21st century fascism 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 Three such features have been particularly evident in what is unfolding at present in India Misuse of technology The first is the widespread use of enhancement or more correctly doctoring and distorting videographic material This is now extraordinarily easy yet the widespread public fallacy is that what is shown on a television screen is always the truth and indeed the full truth The misuse and abuse of this technological capacity to present a false or at best partial representation of reality is now sharply evident In the Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU case videos apparently taken on mobile phones were edited and doctored and superimposed with audio recordings from elsewhere to distort the slogans shouted by students at an event so as to make them sound anti national These were then used to create a nationalist hysteria to slap charges of sedition on students and browbeat them It is frightening to see the directions that this can take If it is so easy to morph or change pictures that appear to give the impression of verisimilitude then those who can do this can create anything they want however fictional fanciful or downright dangerous The speed with which such images are circulated today and the sheer volume of images that proliferate in people s consciousness mean that by the time the falsities are discovered the damage may have been done In any case there is little or no accountability or punishment for such deception even when it is clearly done with mischievous intent So potentially fascist forces can generate confusion and panic among people against those whom they have decided are their enemies When they are supported in such actions by organs or agents of the state the dangers are obviously magnified Use of social media The second feature of the new techno fascism is the reliance on varied media to disseminate certain messages and decry the enemies or bring them into disrepute The use of rumour to create riots in India has long historical provenance but new technologies have dramatically increased their potential for harm Rumours and lies or distortions that are multiplied and rapidly disseminated by television channels and social media can spread divisive and destructive messages like wildfire whip up sentiments on completely false premises and insidiously incite and celebrate violence The

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  • Industrial civilisation can’t wean itself off fossil fuels painlessly – Ecologise
    investing in renewable energy Last year according to UN figures global investment in solar power wind turbines and other renewable forms of energy was 266 billion But right now the report says renewable energy sources deliver just 10 3 of global electrical power Neither the report s authors nor anyone else thinks that is enough to slow climate change driven by rising global temperatures as a consequence of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels In the last century this has already climbed by 1 C In Paris in December 2015 195 nations agreed on a global plan to limit global warming to a figure no more than 2 C above the long term average for most of human history This will be difficult according to Glenn Jones professor of marine sciences at Texas A M University in the US In 2015 the world installed the equivalent of 13 000 five megawatt wind turbines But to contain global warming to a figure less than 2 C nations would have to ramp up renewable investment by 2028 to the annual equivalent of 485 000 such wind turbines That s a 37 fold increase in the annual installation rate in only 13 years just to achieve the wind power goal Professor Jones said Source There s some really important information in this study not the least of which is the realization that to achieve just the wind power goal the world would have to increase its rate of wind tower installation by 3 700 or 37 fold This translates into going from installing 36 towers per day the current rate to 1 329 per day Every day 365 days a year For 13 years straight With no breaks But our fossil fuel addiction goes well beyond the desire need for electricity Transportation fuels are just as essential to our current human condition The article continues He and a colleague argue in the journal Energy Policy that during each hour of every day 3 7 million barrels of oil are pumped from wells 932 000 tons of coal are dug 395 million cubic metres of natural gas are piped from the ground and 4 1 million tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere In that same hour another 9 300 people are added to the global population By 2100 the world will be home to 11 billion of us It would require rates of change in our energy infrastructure and energy mix that have never happened in world history and that are extremely unlikely to be achieved he says So the question becomes how will they be fed and housed and what will be their energy source Currently 1 2 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity and there are plans to try to get them on the grid The numbers you start dealing with become so large that they are difficult to comprehend Professor Jones says To even come close to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement 50 of our energy will need to come from renewable sources by 2028 and today it is only 9 including hydropower For a world that wants to fight climate change the numbers just don t add up to do it 3 7 million barrels of oil per hour along with nearly a million tons of coal and 400 million cubic meters of gas Every day for 365 days a year The numbers are indeed difficult to comprehend But they just don t measure up to our hopes for the future At the current pace of energy transition we re not only going to miss the climate targets we ve set but we re also going to miss the chance gracefully deal with the continued growth in both our debt pile and population This chart explains why As fast as renewable energy sources have grown fossil fuels have grown too They remain 80 of the world s total energy consumption Source Gail Tverberg While people excitedly point out the growth rates in energy renewables they often fail to note either both the scale involved and or the fact that a tiny percentage growth in fossil fuels will utterly dwarf a large percentage gain in renewables This is the dynamic that the numbers in the above study are warning us of Loudly It s nothing personal It s just math But it s going to get very personal over the next years and decades as the world is finally forced to confront the idiocy of attempting infinite growth on a quite finite planet And it s for this reason I am going to have a hard time being a good little committee member and sign off on some cheery report suggesting we can achieve a sustainable energy future if we all just try a little harder We re going to need to try harder than any generation has ever had to try on anything ever in all of history to remake our energy infrastructure Meanwhile The Predicament That Stares Us In The Face These days it s very hard to scan the headlines without running into seriously troubling ecological data The two ocean related articles below recently jumped out at me both of which are related to the implications of oceanic warming Underwater Heat Wave Devastates Great Barrier Reef Mar 29 2016 CANBERRA Australia An underwater heat wave is devastating huge swaths of Australia s Great Barrier Reef marine researchers have found An aerial survey of the chain of 3 000 coral outcrops a Unesco world heritage site and the only living system visible from space found 95 of its northern area roughly half the reef s length had been hit by a bleaching even t that began six months ago Damage to the southern area is still being assessed This has been the saddest research trip of my life said Terry Hughes a professor at Australia s James Cook University and expert in coral bleaching Almost without exception every reef we

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  • How Goa’s mining lobby, government and media ganged up against a young tribal activist – Ecologise
    a fact finding team was set up consisting of me Prof Amita Dhanda from NALSAR a law university in Hyderabad and John Fernandes from the London based South Asia Solidarity Group This week Rainbow Warriors organised a press conference to release the fact finding team s report entitled Murderous Assault on Tribal Resistance in Goa Seven demands The fact finding team presented its findings and concluded by making the following demands 1 An independent enquiry should be ordered into why the police failed to register an FIR in violation of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code 2 A 12 point charter of demands of the United Tribal Association Alliance should be accepted 3 Village panchayats must be given full powers to oversee the mining operations to ensure there are no illegalities in the process 4 Justice demands that Ravindra Velip be given adequate compensation by the prison authorities for failure to protect him while he was in custody 5 In consonance with the fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution especially Article 14 read with Article 19 1 c which makes the right to form associations and co operative society a fundamental right the Caurem Co operative society should not only be registered immediately but the government must offer all help to make it a success 6 The State Commission for SC ST could play a more pro active role in ensuring the tribal peoples of Goa get social economic and political justice 7 Lastly we would like to recommend to the mining companies that they follow the Ten Principles of United Nations Global Compact The day after the attack on Velip in judicial custody anti mining activists condemned the assault and demanded an inquiry The chief minister in response said he would consider the demand after seeing the report of the independent enquiry instituted by the Inspector General of Prisons The report was submitted but not made public and the chief minister announced another magisterial enquiry Nobody however asked why an FIR had not been filed The fact finding team raised that question Yet several journalists were quick to ask whether members of the team had visited the jail met the Inspector General or gone to the Goa Medical College Hospital where Velip went after getting bail We pointed out that we were not a substitute for the police It was the job of the police to investigate a crime and they were bound to register an FIR under section 154 1 of the Criminal procedure Code It was mandatory and it had to be done even before any investigation started Besides the enquiry appointed by the Inspector General Prisons did not talk either to Velip or the other four activists who had been locked in the same cell But a section of the media came up with all kind of theories they even speculated on the integrity of the fact finding committee Why did the media object to our asking a simple question why has an FIR

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