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  • News update – Ecologise
    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 News update Written by Ecologise May 14 2015 0 Comments It s Official Global Carbon Levels Surpassed 400 ppm for Entire Month Common Dreams Marking yet another grim milestone for an ever warming planet the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed that for the first time in recorded history global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged over 400 parts per million ppm for an entire month in March 2015 This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global carbon dioxide concentrations to rise more than 120 parts per million since pre industrial times said Pieter Tans lead scientist of NOAA s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network in a press statement Half of that rise has occurred since 1980 Climate Change Too Late To Halt Sanjeev Ghotge Countercurrents org Since the CO2 concentration reached 400 ppm last year 2014 this means that the earth s atmosphere will eventually heat up by 2 deg C since we have no proven and tested technologies for decarbonizing the atmosphere The time is now well and truly past for holding the line at 2 deg C Roughly speaking we are on course to reach 2 deg C by 2050 4 deg C by 2100 and 6 deg C by 2150 A few years this way or that will hardly matter or disprove the basic science Beyond petroleum fracking s collapse heralds the arrival of peak oil Paul Mobbs The Ecologist The death of peak oil has been much exaggerated Take out high cost unconventional oil and production peaked ten years ago and even North America s fracking and tar sands boom has failed to open up new resources both big enough to make good the shortfall and cheap enough to reward investors We really do need to be thinking beyond petroleum Peak Russia Peak USA means Peak World Ron Patterson World oil production jumped in 2011 hardly moved at all in 2013 but it was up by more than 1 5 million barrels per day in 2014 And after such a huge gain everyone and their brother were singing peak oil is dead But if you scroll down through the 37 major world oil producers it becomes obvious that a majority of nations have peaked and most of them are in steep decline Why the World s Appetite for Oil Will Peak Soon Amy Myers Jaffe The Wall Street Journal The world s economy is experiencing transformational changes that I believe will dramatically alter

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  • ALL POSTS – Page 2 – Ecologise
    Humanity Institute is a leading research centre looking at big picture questions for human civilization The last few centuries have seen tremendous change and this century might transform the human condition in even more fundamental ways Using the tools of mathematics philosophy and science we explore Continue Reading News update Written by Ecologise Apr 26 2015 0 Comments Alice In Shale Gas Wonderland Julian Darley It is hard to know where to begin regarding Ambrose Evans Pritchard s article entitled Energy crisis is postponed as new gas rescues the world But since the speculative world he invokes has more to do with Alice In Wonderland than the hard reality of engineering and science let us Continue Reading Badanavalu Satyagraha A Report Written by Contributor Apr 23 2015 0 Comments Vijay Kundaji Bangalore Notes Badanavalu is 10 kilometers from Nanjangud along the road to Chamarajnagar in Mysuru Mysore District of Karnataka In 1927 a Khadi and Gramodyog Center was established here by Dalit women and Gandhian activists which later grew to enlist many hundred workers producing close to 50 000 lbs of handspun cotton yarn by Continue Reading Sustainable Lifestyles Pathways and Choices for India and Germany Written by Contributor Apr 21 2015 0 Comments Harry Lehmann Sudhir Chella Rajan Co authors Sneha Annavarapu Claudia Kabel Christian Löwe Astrid Matthey Indo German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy Green Economy has been recognized by the Rio 20 Summit as one of the important tools available for achieving sustainable development It is emphasized that Green Economy should contribute to eradicating poverty as well as sustained Continue Reading News update Written by Ecologise Apr 19 2015 0 Comments Saudi Arabia s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil Peter Waldman Bloomberg com Last Novemeber Ali al Naimi Saudi Arabia s petroleum minister and the world s de facto energy czar told his OPEC counterparts they should maintain output to protect market share from rising supplies of U S shale oil which costs more to get out of the ground Continue Reading LibCom series on Capitalist agriculture Written by Contributor Apr 18 2015 0 Comments Part 4 Capitalist agriculture class formation and the metabolic rift Libcom org In this fourth installment on our series on food and climate we look at the dynamics of capitalist agriculture in terms of production class formation and the metabolic rift in the nitrogen cycle Part 1 Climate class and the Neolithic revolution looked at the Continue Reading The International Journal of the Commons IJC Written by Contributor Apr 16 2015 0 Comments The International Journal of the Commons IJC is an initiative of the International Association for the Study of the Commons IASC As an interdisciplinary peer reviewed open access journal the IJC is dedicated to furthering the understanding of institutions for use and management of resources that are or could be enjoyed collectively These resources may be part of the natural world Continue Reading News update Written by Ecologise Apr 15 2015 0 Comments California Drought

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  • Alternatives – Page 2 – Ecologise
    them care not enough That requires making it personal And that requires facing the reality of loss And that requires experiencing grief There s no other way Continue Reading The Top 10 Sharing Economy predictions for 2016 Written by Contributor Feb 6 2016 0 Comments Cat Johnson writes on Shareable net The sharing economy movement is evolving quickly and in many directions The growth of platform and worker co ops an increased awareness of the commons the evolution of coworking an explosion of tech enabled sharing services and more are opening up promising if not challenging frontiers What will 2016 bring We asked 10 leading experts to offer their predictions Ideas inspiration and ducks Letter from an Ecologise Camp participant Written by Contributor Feb 3 2016 0 Comments Venetia Ansell writes The camp is a great opportunity to meet people who are trying to make the transition from urban to rural or at least high impact to low impact lifestyles to find inspiration role models ideas and perhaps answers to those questions and challenges that well meaning conventional thinking relatives and friends keep hurling at you Continue Reading Blessed Unrest How the largest social movement in history is restoring grace justice and beauty to the world Written by Contributor Feb 2 2016 0 Comments Environmentalist Paul Hawken has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice From billion dollar nonprofits to single person dot causes these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth a movement that has no name leader or location and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the mainstream media www blessedunrest com Continue Reading Video Report Yogendra Yadav on the unfolding famine in Bundelkhand and the need for a farmers politics Written by Contributor Jan 15 2016 0 Comments Having endured three successive droughts the region of Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh continues to be on edge Governments in both the states have failed to do their bit Here s a press conference video and interview of Yogendra Yadav who leads the Swaraj Abhiyan movement which recently held an extended survey of the region Continue Reading Top 10 stories on the emerging global Sharing Economy Written by Ecologise Jan 2 2016 0 Comments Way back in 2009 long before the term sharing economy was part of everyday conversation Shareable net started covering this movement that aimed to connect people reduce environmental impact put idle goods to use and challenge the idea that there s no alternative to capitalism as we know it today Here are their top 10 most read articles Continue Reading Something extraordinary is happening and most of us haven t noticed Written by Contributor Jan 1 2016 0 Comments Gustavo Tanaka writes A few months ago I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system I now see the world from a different perspective the one that everything is going through change and that most of us

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  • German forest ranger finds that trees have social networks, too – Ecologise
    tales 20th century philosophy Nazi ideology and the birth of the modern environmental movement Mr Wohlleben traces his love of the forest to his early childhood where he raised spiders and turtles In high school teachers painted a dire picture of the world s ecological future and he decided it was his mission to help After the publication in May of Mr Wohlleben s book a surprise hit titled The Hidden Life of Trees What They Feel How They Communicate Discoveries From a Secret World the German forest is back in the spotlight Since it first topped best seller lists last year Mr Wohlleben has been spending more time on the media trail and less on the forest variety making the case for a popular reimagination of trees which he says contemporary society tends to look at as organic robots designed to produce oxygen and wood PRESENTING scientific research and his own observations in highly anthropomorphic terms the matter of fact Mr Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk show audiences alike with the news long known to biologists that trees in the forest are social beings They can count learn and remember nurse sick neighbors warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the Wood Wide Web and for reasons unknown keep the ancient stumps of long felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots With his book he changed the way I look at the forest forever Markus Lanz a popular talk show host said in an email Every time I walk through a beautiful woods I think about it Though duly impressed with Mr Wohlleben s ability to capture the public s attention some German biologists question his use of words like talk rather than the more standard communicate to describe what goes on between trees in the forest But this says Mr Wohlleben who invites readers to imagine what a tree might feel when its bark tears Ouch is exactly the point I use a very human language he explained Scientific language removes all the emotion and people don t understand it anymore When I say Trees suckle their children everyone knows immediately what I mean Still No 1 on the Spiegel best seller list for nonfiction Hidden Life has sold 320 000 copies and has been optioned for translation in 19 countries Canada s Greystone Books will publish an English version in September It s one of the biggest successes of the year said Denis Scheck a German literary critic who praised the humble narrative style and the book s ability to awaken in readers an intense childlike curiosity about the workings of the world The popularity of The Hidden Life of Trees Mr Scheck added says less about Germany than it does about modern life People who spend most of their time in front of computers want to read about nature Germans are reputed to have a special relationship with the forest

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  • Blessed Unrest – How the largest social movement in history is restoring grace, justice, and beauty to the world – Ecologise
    queer dissatisfaction that makes us march and makes us more alive than the other this blessed unrest And so to me it was a term that had arms big enough to hold this vast and complex and diverse movement that is trying to restore justice and the environment in the world AMY GOODMAN You talk about a turning point being the anti corporate globalization movement and Seattle the Battle of Seattle PAUL HAWKEN Well it was for me Before that I had been interested in counting the number of actors that is to say the number of organizations in the world that existed and was so doing In Seattle I went there and you were there I remember meeting you And I was there not to write I was there actually just to sit my butt on the street and did so And when I left I went back to Washington D C to give a talk and I read the Post and The New York and L A Times and I was just appalled at the coverage The people writing about it weren t even there Tom Friedman They were writing about it from New York And so I wrote a piece called N30 AMY GOODMAN N30 November 30th PAUL HAWKEN Yeah November 30 And what I was saying is that basically the economic fundamentalism had been belled you know the cat of economic fundamentalism had been belled in Seattle In other words you could no longer from that point on move or go anywhere in the world without being in a sense addressed by the missing stakeholders to a very anti democratic process But in the process of researching it what I discovered was that the organizational methodology used which so frustrated the sheriff s department the King County Sheriff s Department and the Seattle police was really a Mayan organizational scheme that had been first used in the encuentras in 92 in Quito Ecuador when the First Peoples of North Meso and South America had first met since the conquest And I realized that not only was this movement large but there was these very interesting connections occurring across border across culture spreading around the world in terms of how to in a sense address power AMY GOODMAN That time the Battle of Seattle was under the Clinton era He had to come in fly in in the middle of the night because of the massive unrest His trade rep Charlene Barshefsky holed up in the hotel but even she couldn t get away from the tear gas that was coming under her door PAUL HAWKEN Right AMY GOODMAN This was the Clinton era PAUL HAWKEN Exactly There s an irony to this which I haven t told because I had forgotten I was on inaudible and they were talking and said Oh the last time we saw you was when you came into our offices shivering because you were all wet and you had been pepper sprayed and tear gassed And I said Yeah I remember that And what happened is I stripped my clothes I went into the shower took a shower found somebody s T shirt put a towel on and the phone rang And it was President Clinton And he called to ask what he should say the next day when he came into town And I was going alalalalalala because pepper spray just it freezes you actually It makes you so cold And it was so interesting for him to come in because that was really the end of this fantasy that he and Charlene Barshefsky had about American dominance I mean it was over in one day AMY GOODMAN What did you tell him he should say and did he follow your directions PAUL HAWKEN I told him to not pander that he has been pandering that he should tell the truth and the fact is that it was a flawed process and a flawed process needed to be rethought and if it wasn t rethought then this is going to repeat itself again and again and that to do what his minions were doing which is to somehow marginalize and to assign or ascribe to the motivations of the people who were acting on the street that somehow they were in Tom Friedman s words you know sort of blue eyed activists getting their 1960s fix was really a vast misreading of the unrest that existed in the world against trade policy AMY GOODMAN But wasn t it more than words I mean President Clinton Vice President Gore they were the ones that championed NAFTA They were the ones that really with their strong arm tactics in Congress a Congress that would not have passed NAFTA but offering them everything they could to their districts ultimately won this tremendous battle for their version of what should happen with trade So WTO followed that and I think built the movement PAUL HAWKEN Very much so and it was a part of a larger Democratic Party strategy to become a centrist party that brought in business interests and therefore would marginalize Republicans And we saw how well that worked AMY GOODMAN Well what about President Bush and where he has taken this the Clinton administration laying the groundwork and Bush taking off from there PAUL HAWKEN Well what can you say about an administration that is basically proto fascist I mean essentially what we re seeing with Blessed Unrest what it really represents is that this rise of nongovernmental organizations and we do again talk about these organizations these social benefit organizations in the negative nonprofits nongovernmental but on the nongovernmental side there is a nongovernment It s in Washington D C And the rise of NGOs is to address the vacuum of leadership that exists in the world that cannot and is not addressing the salient issues of our time which is war which is water which is poverty which is

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  • New Book: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus – Ecologise
    Reserve s function as a regulatory agency reveals the Left s inability to grasp the true causes for today s financial woes We are not witnessing capitalism gone wrong an otherwise egalitarian currency system has not been corrupted by greedy bankers but rather capitalism doing exactly what it was programmed to do from the beginning To fix it we would have to dig down to its most fundamental code and rewrite it to serve people instead of power First off the role of the Federal Reserve was never to serve as an agency It s not like the Environmental Protection Agency which is charged with regulating corporate destruction of the natural world however woefully it may be carrying out that purpose Rather the Fed is a private corporation a banker s bank owned by the banks created to guarantee the value of currency It was built to serve the dollar and maintain its value by fighting inflation When the Fed is feeling magnanimous it can also lend extra money into existence in the hope that it will be invested in enterprises that employee people The actions of the Fed however are limited by the way our money central currency was designed to work It was developed back before the Industrial Age as a waning European aristocracy sought to stem the rise of the merchant middle class Small merchants were getting rich for the first time since feudalism began thanks to the spread of the peer to peer marketplace and its ingenious new currency system of grain receipts and market money At the beginning of the market day a baker could put receipts for bread into circulation by purchasing his weekly supplies Those receipts could be spent on other items until a receipt holder actually needed bread and cashed it in Other moneys were based on stored grain or hay They were created not for savings or accumulation but to promote transactions One by one European monarchs outlawed these local currencies and implemented central currencies that could only be lent into existence at interest If a business wanted to use money it would have to borrow it from the central bank at interest This new system helped the rich maintain their exclusivity over wealth They could get richer simply by being rich The monetary system was designed not to help people create and exchange value but rather to extract value from anyone hoping to transact It was not designed to promote circulation but to serve as a drag on circulation Making matters worse central currency requires an economy to grow and to do so faster and faster If for every 100 000 lent into circulation 200 000 has to eventually be paid back then where does the other 100 000 come from Someone has to borrow or earn it Now this scheme works fine as long as the economy is growing as the colonial powers were through their conquest of the world and even America managed to do through corporate expansion

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  • Bookshelf – Page 2 – Ecologise
    s by no means my discovery I just saw the patterns emerging before most people simply because I was paying attention to facts and trends all in public domain some for decades Continue Reading New Book Eat Dust Mining and Greed in Goa by Hartman de Souza Written by Contributor Dec 30 2015 0 Comments If there is one book which speaks of all mining blighted societies then it s this one The book by Hartman de Souza breaks all the boundaries of genres and gets its politics and economics right on At once travelogue investigative journalism and family memoir Eat Dust maps the culture topography and cultural diversity of Goa Continue Reading Book The Secure and the Dispossessed Written by Contributor Nov 7 2015 0 Comments Note This new book asks and attempts to answer the crucial question What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead The Secure and the Dispossessed How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate Changed World Edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Continue Reading E book Water warriors Stories on people and their relationship with water Written by Contributor Oct 23 2015 0 Comments The stories in this yearbook highlight efforts by rural and urban communities across India to take back ownership of their water resources India Water Portal Water sustains lives and livelihoods It is a precious and finite resource that in future years is likely to become the main bone of contention between peoples states and nations Continue Reading Pope Francis Encyclical on Climate Change Selected Excerpts Written by Manu Sharma Jun 20 2015 0 Comments The Encyclical by Pope Francis is being hailed by environmentalists as the second coming It s hardly that in my view Nonetheless I was struck within minutes of starting it by the incisive and accurate commentary it offers on our true predicament Here are some passages that resonated with me and that I found highly insightful Manu Continue Reading Book Ecological Agriculture in India Written by Contributor Mar 17 2015 0 Comments Ecological Agriculture in India Scientific Evidence on Positive Impacts and Successes Alliance for Sustainable Holistic Agriculture ASHA Note on the book by by Kavitha Kuruganti of ASHA Very often when ecological agriculture whether it goes by the name of organic farming or natural farming or bio dynamic farming approaches are advocated for large scale replication Continue Reading Book Just Enough lessons in living green from traditional Japan Written by Contributor Dec 26 2014 0 Comments Rob Hopkins originally published by Transition Culture One of the most extraordinary books I have read in recent years is Just Enough lessons in living green from traditional Japan by Azby Brown Brown is director of the Konazawa Institute of Technologies Future Design Institute and has lived in Japan for the last 30 years It is a beautiful Continue Reading Video The Third Curve interviews by Mansoor Khan Written by Mansoor Khan Dec 20

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  • CLIMATE CHANGE – Page 2 – Ecologise
    epoch The question of whether humans environmental impact has tipped Earth into an Anthropocene ending the current Holocene which began 12 000 years ago will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions Continue Reading Video Al Gore makes the case for optimism on Climate Change Written by Contributor Mar 7 2016 0 Comments Al Gore former US Vice President and Founder The Climate Reality Project spoke at the recently concluded 2016 TED Technology Entertainment and Design conference in Vancouver British Columbia According to him the future of our planet looks very different today than it did when he last spoke on the TED stage nearly a decade ago Continue Reading Nationalists take note its nature that draws borders not nation states Written by Nagraj Adve Mar 4 2016 1 Comment If any of us have fixed geographical notions of the nation state the rise and fall of sea levels everywhere ought to give us pause Not just in warnings about the future but also lessons from the past Once England and France were contiguous landmass our borders are drawn not by us but by the oceans Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 85 Written by Ecologise Mar 3 2016 0 Comments Sukumar Muralidharan reports on Catch News This year s economic survey is a catalogue of crises For one thing it records that the situation in agriculture has been dismal on account of two successive years of poor monsoons This is only the fourth time in 115 years that such a misfortune has hit the Indian economy Continue Reading CEO of India s first private weather forecasting organisation on strange weather trends Written by Contributor Feb 27 2016 0 Comments 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 January was the globe s most unusually warm month ever recorded and the past three months have been the most unusually warm three month period on record as well according to NASA It is the combination of manmade global warming and a record strong El Niño that s bumped up temperatures to never before seen levels since at least 1880 Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 83 Written by Ecologise Feb 17 2016 0 Comments Common Dreams reports A new analysis published in Science Advances journal reveals that global water scarcity is a far greater problem than previously thought affecting 4 billion people two thirds of the world s population Previous analyses looked at water scarcity at an annual scale and had found that water scarcity affected between 1 7 and 3 1 billion people Continue Reading Charles Eisenstein Climate Change grief and carbon reductionism Written by Contributor Feb

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