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  • Nagraj Adve – Ecologise
    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 University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features About Nagraj Adve Nagraj Adve is a member of the India Climate Justice collective He works and writes on issues related to global warming You can reach him at nagraj adve gmail com Posts by Nagraj Adve Nationalists take note its nature that draws borders not nation

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  • NEWS UPDATE #85 – Ecologise
    source of income Bangalore Thirsting for long term solutions Rasheed Kappan Deccan Herald A deadly double trouble stares Bengaluru City straight in the face this summer Drying up fast the Cauvery reservoirs might barely meet the city s rising water demand But an acute power crisis threatens to derail BWSSB s contingency plans till June pushing Bengalureans to the edge Is the worst over for rural economy Mayank Mishra Business Standard After months of stagnation rural wages have started inching up albeit marginally Coinciding with the renewed push for the rural employment guarantee scheme in the second half of 2015 rural wages have shown a marginal uptick since August It remained flat between December 2014 and July 2015 In August last year jobs provided under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme MGNREGS rose 35 per cent compared to a year ago Also read Digital Agriculture Market Platform to Launch in April Says PM Modi India bee populations are collapsing under environmental strain Climate Change News A lethal combination of climate change and human interference is helping to wipe out colonies of the giant honeybee2s on which many plants and trees in India depend for their survival The precise cause of colony collapse disorder CCD is not known but researchers say that the loss of the bees will become disastrous for the whole ecosystem if it is not tackled Also read from The Guardian UK Decline of bees poses potential risks to major crops says UN Key weather phenomena to follow in 2016 Akshay Deoras Down to Earth As 2015 was the second consecutive year of below normal monsoon rainfall all eyes will be on the monsoon of 2016 But other meteorological phenomena will occur too which should not be underestimated as they would have the potential to take a heavy toll The intensity of weather events generally doesn t repeat on yearly scales For example it isn t necessary for 2016 to be a below normal monsoon rain year just because 2014 and 2015 were But learning from past weather events definitely helps in preparing better for the next impacts Satellite data India had worse air pollution than China in 2015 Greenpeace Energy Desk People in India are breathing more toxic air than people in China for the first time this century a new analysis of NASA satellite data has revealed In the new Greenpeace Clean Air Action Plan report author Lauri Myllyvirta used data from NASA satellites to chart the average resident s exposure to air pollution Last year China s war on pollution led to a record breaking improvement in the country s air quality but the smog in India just continued to get worse Also read New Delhi car ban yields trove of pollution data Is the Government Trying to Pull a Fast One With its Solar Power Promises Kannan Kasturi The Wire The government s announcement of massive solar energy targets therefore appears to be an impetuous decision States will be unwilling to allow high penetration of solar energy into their grids considering its cost and the problems of addressing its variability That is why the central government is all set to force the issue by increasing renewable purchase obligations The new tariff policy states that solar electricity must constitute 8 of non hydro power consumed by every utility by 2022 Also read US blocks India s solar power plan India s own climate model in the offing SciDev Net By the end of 2016 India will have its own climate assessment model enabling the country to participate in the next Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC assessment sixth assessment by contributing its own model simulations and results India will also be capable of generating high resolution climate change scenarios for the entire South Asian region says Rajeevan Madhavan Nair the new secretary in India s ministry of earth sciences He shares with SciDev Net plans to improve monsoon forecasting which is vital for agriculture on the sub continent How India Can Drop At Least 120 Future Power Plants Charu Bahri IndiaSpend As India struggles to balance responsibilities as the world s fourth largest polluter with the aspirations of 1 25 billion people 300 million of whom are without grid electricity the design of its buildings offers a notable opportunity to cut energy use Enforcing the Energy Conservation Building Code ECBC an energy saving code designed for commercial establishments in residential buildings could reduce residential energy consumption up to 57 and curtail rise in consumption to 300 over 2005 levels over the same period Why the Modi Government Needs a Transparent Environmental Policy Nitin Sethi Business Standard The NDA government came to power promising greater accountability and transparency in higher echelons of government But on issues of environmental rights and attendant public interests it has instead worked in stealth mode on one too many occasions It is secretively deciding important policy issues that impact large sections of society The impact of some of these policies are also likely to be irreversible once unleashed The lack of information on these occasions has only ensured lack of public engagement beyond that by vested interests As a result the people are being handed a fait accompli At times even the final decisions come to be known from information trickling out in media rather than being announced and justified boldly by the government Decision Makers Have Greater Responsibilities Than Stock Market Indices An Interview with New Greenpeace Head Ravi Chellam Atul Dev The Caravan It seems clear to us that government agencies have been trying to shut down Greenpeace one way or the other for the past several months But it isn t just this government or just here in India even If you look at governments around the world in general they are often intolerant of being challenged especially when we examine economic growth or challenge development both of which are only vaguely defined What is growth For whom is this development What are its costs

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  • Budget Analysis: Don’t believe the hype, farmers have been short-changed again – Ecologise
    the Economic Survey presented in 2022 proudly stating the success But the reality is by 2022 adjusting for inflation the doubled income would be equivalent to what a farmer makes now Agriculture has become unviable not because it is unproductive or does not pay enough but because it has deliberately been kept impoverished for many years Devinder Sharma The Wire The average income a farmer earns from farming activities including what he keeps for his family s consumption is 20 000 rupees a year in 17 states across the country This means the monthly income of a farmer in these states is a paltry 1 666 rupees Now put yourself in this situation If you were a farmer and made only 1 666 rupees a month what would you like to do When Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said We need to think beyond food security and give back to farmers a sense of income security while presenting the Budget in parliament yesterday I was hopeful But when all he promised was to double farmers income by 2022 five years away all my hopes came tumbling down Jaitley wants the farmers to wait five years for their income to rise to 3 332 rupees a month if the promise is realised I can imagine the Economic Survey presented in 2022 proudly stating the success Certainly economists will praise the achievement But the reality is by 2022 adjusting for inflation the doubled income would be equivalent to what a farmer makes now This is the income security the government has promised Challenge of income security At a time when the agriculture sector is in deep crisis having faced great distress over the past several years a fact detailed in the Economic Survey 2016 I was expecting the government to perform an immediate surgical operation Considering that the number of farmer suicides nationwide rose to an average of 52 a day in 2015 the farming sector requires urgent attention But simply mentioning agriculture numerous times in the budget speech provides no succour to a sector that is languishing in neglect and apathy The current crisis is not an outcome of low agricultural productivity Farmers are aware of how to increase crop productivity but if this is not backed by remunerative prices they will continue to suffer Take for instance Punjab India s frontline agricultural state Punjab s farmers produce 4 500 kg hectare of wheat and 6 000 kg hectare of paddy a very high crop productivity indeed in an area that has 99 assured irrigation All development indices projected by the government in this year s budget including expanding irrigation already exist in Punjab Yet according to calculations by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices the net income from a hectare of cultivating wheat and paddy the usual cropping pattern followed in a year is about 36 000 rupees which is a monthly income of only Rs 3 000 Compare this to the basic monthly salary of Rs 18 000 a

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  • Has the crash of the global financial markets begun? – Ecologise
    not Of course there are even those who claim that the global financial markets have crashed already but we are the minority these days Apparently to some an evaporating 14 4 trillion in the world equity markets from its peak of 73 1 trillion on 14 June 2015 to 58 7 trillion on 31 January 2016 does not count as a market crash 1 And there are some minor debates even among those of us who claim that the crash has already occurred The minor debates are about when exactly the crash started the third quarter of 2014 or the second quarter of 2015 or the third quarter of 2015 or with the turn of 2016 and the like I must confess however that I appear to be the only one who claims that the crash started in the third quarter of 2014 at least to my knowledge But what did happen in the third quarter of 2014 On 18 September 2014 the US market index Standard Poor s 500 or S P 500 peaked and stayed more or less at the same level the next day It started to decline after 19 September and bottomed on 15 October 2014 The total decline from 19 September to 15 October was about 7 4 falling short of 10 to qualify as a market correction Quantitative Easing Stops After the fact many explanations can be and were offered such as concerns about the absence of aggregate demand in the world the possibility of the Federal Reserve or Fed the US central bank raising the interest rates lower than expected inflation in China and other such explanations Ongoing in the background however was the Fed s winding down of the bond purchases in its third bond buying programme also known as Quantitative Easing 3 QE3 This winding down of the QE3 started in February 2014 and ended on 29 October 2014 I had discussed QEs in an earlier column in EPW 10 October 2015 With the benefit of hindsight I can now say that the real reason for this 7 4 decline from 19 September to 15 October 2014 was the 17 September press release of the minutes of the meeting of the Fed on 16 17 September The minutes announced that the Fed officials had decided to reduce the bond purchases to 15 billion a month and agreed to end the QE programme after their 28 29 October meeting if the economy continued to improve as expected Apparently it took two days for readers of the minutes to digest the information and the slide started a day after 19 September to continue until 15 October Then on 16 October 2014 James Bullard the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis came out and said that the Fed may want to extend its bond buying programme beyond October to keep its policy options open given falling US inflation expectations This calmed fears and the market resumed its upward trend for a

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  • More than Make in India, Jaitley needs to focus on Farm in India – Ecologise
    domestic demand and thereby revitalise the sluggish economy Whether we like it or not the only pathway to reboot the economy passes through agriculture This assumes importance given the fact that 153 million youth in the age bracket of 15 29 were looking for work in 2015 16 With only a fraction of that number of jobs available and knowing that new projects in FY 15 employed only half the number of workers compared to new projects a few years ago creating ample and suitable employment opportunities remains a Herculean task Considering that the young people expected to enter the job market by 2020 is likely to swell to 156 million more of the same therefore is not the answer Budget 2016 a chance to break the shackles of the past The potential of growth economics to create jobs has reached saturation The growing protests often accompanied by violence by Jats in Haryana UP Delhi Rajasthan Patidars in Gujarat Marathas in Maharashtra Lingayats in Karnataka seeking job quotas is clearly indicative of the failure of the trickle down theory It also reflects the continuing neglect of agriculture that has turned farming into a loss making enterprise Farm incomes are now at the lowest level thereby forcing the huge farm workforce to abandon agriculture in search of menial jobs in the cities This trend has to be reversed There is no other alternative As per Census 2011 52 per cent of the country s workforce is engaged in agriculture In other words the agricultural sector is India s biggest employer But over the past few decades agriculture has been systematically starved of financial resources and continuing neglect and apathy has turned farming highly uneconomical The spate of farmer suicides which has now increased to an average of 52 deaths each day and reports of farmers selling their blood to make a living in the drought hit Bundelkhand region shows the severity of the agrarian crisis which worsens with each passing year Presenting the budget last year Arun Jaitley had listed increasing farm incomes as the government s top most challenge But somehow by the time he ended his speech he seemed to have forgotten about rescuing the farming community from economic distress NSSO 2014 had computed the income of an average farm household at about Rs 6 000 per month of which only Rs 3 000 came from farming The rest came from non farm activities including MNREGA Studies by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices CACP have shown that the net income per hectare from cultivating wheat and rice even in the frontline agricultural state of Punjab is about Rs 3 000 per hectare If this is the situation in Punjab the extreme economic distress prevailing in the rest of the country can be imagined If Rs 6 000 is the income of a farm household comprising five members it is quite natural that the young would swarm into the cities looking for menial jobs RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan

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  • Make (Or Break) In India: Down to Earth special issue ahead of the Union Budget – Ecologise
    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 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 Shanker Chakravarty The Hindu Make Or Break In India Down to Earth special issue ahead of the Union Budget Written by Contributor Feb 28 2016 0 Comments 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 Down to Earth The Union Budget 2015 16 reflects the pressures being faced by the Government Down to Earth presents analyses that capture the influencers for the Union Budget These include analyses of the budget from the environment and development perspectives the dwindling secrecy around the confidential budget document due to pressures even though an external report says the budget is still shrouded in secrecy and is low on public participation Many other stories have been featured on the Down to Earth website The stories It is official The monsoon is the chief finance minister of India Even before the Economic Survey for 2015 16 could be uploaded on to the official site headlines screamed seemingly good news India s economy would grow by 7 75 per cent On Friday after the survey was released a careful reading of the document revealed an admission The survey has made it clear that the economy would only grow at up to 7 5 per cent provided there is a normal monsoon in 2016 Otherwise the growth forecast is 7 per cent less than the last fiscal year A Mea Culpa budget Never before

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  • CEO of India’s first private weather forecasting organisation on strange weather trends – Ecologise
    more than in summer because the air gets packed in winter and become heavier and the particulate matter stays there and attracts humidity condensing into the black mass that we see Last year we had 3 good rain spells caused by wind which blew away the condensation This year we did not have those winds so we had a perpetuated cloud a combination of carbon burning diesel fuels and agricultural discards coming together and not being blown away We are planning to do a lot more sensing of this pattern It seems in this country that when people push back things actually work and collaborating that with the odd even rule maybe tomorrow we can To get a measure of predictability of how the pollution will be tomorrow or in the coming days will help individuals as well as the government to plan better Coming back to where we started what is causing this unusually warm weather and rather poor rainfall in India We need to look at the pacific for the source of instability in our short and long term weather problems The area between Indonesia and Peru the central and western pacific is the single largest body of water near us It has a base line of 27 degree Celsius Once it crosses a temperature of 27 5 it s called an El Nino effect The temperature right now is up by 2 5 degree Celsius which is extremely warm So when this happens precipitation patterns all over the world change It means east Asia and India will have less precipitation including West Africa China and Japan the precipitation will increase California which is the west coast will have higher precipitation Winter globally is going to be mild This year retailers in America have lost a lot of money because no one was buying winter clothing The precipitation in winter actually goes down This is something we are discovering just now This phenomenon has probably been there before man came but why we are saying this is anthropogenic is because the frequency of El Niño has increased When we correlate the El Nino with the Indian summer monsoon 60 of all droughts are in El Nino years And 80 of below normal rainfall which is less than 95 are in El Nino or an evolving El Niño Now between 1900s and 2000s there was one drought per decade Between 2000 and 2015 we have had 5 droughts and almost 6 7 El Nino episodes The frequency of El Nino episodes have gone up The debate is has this happened before And the answer is yes The monsoon works in tri decadal cycles In this you would have rainfall which is of higher frequency followed by lower frequency of events But the thing is that the ocean is a carbon sink and the capacity of the ocean to absorb carbon is much higher It seems that if it absorbs carbon it has to give it out The El Niño

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  • Chhattisgarh: A ‘War without witnesses’ in the making? – Ecologise
    from Sri Lankan Government s side to make the affair a private one One after the other humanitarian agencies international organisations reporters and human rights activists were asked to leave or were expelled from the war zone Activists and reporters who stubbornly remained either disappeared or were detained by the security forces They called it a War without witnesses The idea was to give a free hand to the armed forces to wipe the slate clean It was efficiently done but for the many videos and images that surfaced later evidencing torture rape execution and even desecration of dead bodies The final battle between LTTE and the army ended with more than 20 000 civilians dead and 200 000 injured in Mullativu District of Sri Lanka s Northern Province The scars still remain in the minds of the international community as the island nation is making efforts to convince the world of its commitment to healing and reconstruction It was a case study for security forces worldwide in dealing with the human rights activists or independent journalists during their operations whom they often find to be their greatest obstacles War without witnesses remains a model that could be emulated for efficient military operations be it against hungry citizens protesting students or armed militants It is in this context that one has to analyse the developments in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh With a forest cover of about 40 percent it is home to two entities vulnerable to exploitation minerals and indigenous tribals The indigenous tribal population inhabiting this region is one of the poorest in India and are the easiest targets of bonded labourer hunters and moneylenders As far as the land goes it is a miner s paradise having everything from coal to diamond and a very mining friendly government ready to confront laws or Supreme Court orders to let the mining work proceed smoothly Despite this attitude the mining operations do not proceed unhampered as both the state and the central government prefers to It is due to a creature that the state manufactured in its classical unbalanced development policies coupled with a frenzy to bag the unaccounted profits associated with mining leases the left wing extremists called Naxalites The Naxalites nurturing under the repressive handling of the issue by the Government grew to become the biggest threat internal security and even facilitated parts of central India be christened red corridor The mining companies were waiting contracts pending and millions of rupees stuck which otherwise may have reached different hands from local leaders to election funds of major political parties Successive governments continuously toyed with stranger and stranger strategies against Naxals including the creation of a state sponsored militia Most of it resulted in humanitarian catastrophes including the state sponsored militia called Salwa Judum committing mass rapes executions and arson to be finally declared illegal by the Supreme Court of India in 2011 The conflict canvas was becoming livelier as things progressed with the affairs in the

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