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  • Food & Farming – Ecologise
    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 Bookshelf Farmageddon The True Cost of Cheap Meat Written by Contributor Apr 22 2016 0 Comments Martin Simpson writes It is impossible to read Farmageddon without coming to the conclusion that the world s food and agriculture system is screwed This is a system that produces enormous quantities of food yet wastes up to a third of it What it also produces is environmental disaster ill health in humans and stressful and unhealthy animals Continue Reading Famines and Public Distribution System in India Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments Debarshi Das writes The neoliberal State seeks to cut down welfare expenditure hence it is against PDS It also relies on the market Although contemporary advocates of free market are not motivated by extraction of colonial revenue in terms of policy prescription they do not differ from the advocates of free market of colonial era Continue Reading Bookshelf Shattering Food politics and the loss of genetic diversity Written by Contributor Apr 17 2016 0 Comments Billy Brack writes Shattering Food Politics and the Loss of Genetic Diversity by Fowler and Mooney is one of the important books of our times explaining how agribusiness is putting the world at risk by limiting the world s food crops to a few genetic strains Quite literally we are putting our eggs in one basket Continue Reading Seven projects around the world that protect soil Written by Contributor Apr 15 2016 0 Comments Rocco Pallin writes Thirty three percent of soil worldwide is degraded and 50 000 square kilometers of soil are lost each year Soil is not a renewable resource and isn t recoverable within a human lifespan but sustainable practices could increase the world s food production by 58 percent Here are seven projects helping to restore the world s soil Continue Reading Cowspiracy The film that environmental organisations don t want you to see Written by Contributor Apr 15 2016 1 Comment Cowspiracy The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature length environmental documentary produced and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn It follows the intrepid filmmakers as they uncover the real impact of the livestock industry The film investigates why the world s leading environmental organizations including Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network are afraid to talk about it Continue Reading Is agriculture a business Written by Contributor Apr 11 2016 0 Comments Harish Damodaran writes Is farming really a business If so to what extent Is there something about agriculture that makes it fundamentally different as a business Farmers suffer rules other businessmen never encounter There are at least four laws of business operating only in farming of which the last two are probably unique to India Continue Reading Video Cowism How an engineer is transforming Indian agriculture Written by Contributor Apr 9 2016 0 Comments Chetan

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  • Forests & Wildlife – Ecologise
    yet that Earth has entered a new geological 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 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 Continue Reading Marine parks in India a case for maritime environmentalism Written by Contributor Feb 22 2016 0 Comments Aarti Sridhar writes It is in the ordinary everyday life of fishers and in the political strategies of their leaders that one finds the outlines of a new kind of environmentalism which s fluid and defies water tight categorisations This ethic suggests that it is futile to remain wholly preservationist or utilitarian or entirely biocentric or anthropocentric 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 The world s forests will collapse if we don t learn to say no Written by Contributor Feb 15 2016 0 Comments An alarming new study has shown that the world s forests are not only disappearing rapidly but areas of core forest are vanishing even faster A tsunami of new roads dams power lines pipelines and other infrastructure is rapidly slicing into the world s last wild places opening them up to fragmentation poaching and other destructive activities Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 82 Written by Ecologise Feb 8 2016 0 Comments Decision On GM Mustard Deferred Mining interests and tribal rights on collision course Former atomic energy regulator says India needs to pause nuclear plans Lesser water recorded in Indian reservoirs than last year Sikkim Organic Mission We Need To Dig Deeper Hydro dam boom threatens freshwater fish Radioactive Water From Fukushima Leaking Into the Pacific Continue Reading German forest ranger finds that trees have social networks too Written by Contributor Feb 5 2016 0 Comments Peter Wohlleben has delighted readers with the news long known to biologists that trees are social beings They can count learn and remember nurse sick neighbors warn each other of danger and for reasons unknown keep ancient stumps of their long felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their

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  • Future Scenarios – Ecologise
    yet we seem no closer in grasping the implications of this epochal event Indeed we are clinging to some serious and even dangerous misconceptions about artificial intelligence Continue Reading The gathering storm of climate migration Written by Contributor Apr 16 2016 0 Comments Michael Igo writes Since 2008 22 5 million people have been forced from their homes due to floods and hurricanes twice as many as the record 11 million displaced by conflict in 2014 As global temperatures creep higher and storms droughts floods and heat waves grow more severe we face a future of mass climate related migration Continue Reading An infrastructure tsunami is being unleashed on the environment in the name of development Written by Contributor Apr 9 2016 0 Comments Bill Laurance writes Some 25 million km of new paved roads thousands of dams and hundreds of thousands of new mining oil and gas projects are being planned roughly 90 of them in developing nations Their environmental impacts could easily dwarf climate change as thousands of projects penetrate into the world s last surviving wild areas Continue Reading Global capitalism is facing three tipping points Written by Sagar Dhara Apr 5 2016 0 Comments 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 Industrial civilisation can t wean itself off fossil fuels painlessly Written by Contributor Apr 4 2016 0 Comments Chris Martenson writes The data seems to confirm this Humanity is not going to painlessly wean itself off of fossil fuels Instead we will hit some sort of a wall a food population crisis a climate crisis or a debt fiscal economic crisis Each of those candidates has its roots in our global society s addition to fossil fuels Continue Reading Video Climate science pioneer Hansen warns of disastrous climate shift Written by Contributor Mar 31 2016 0 Comments The world may be much closer to an abrupt and catastrophic climate shift than previously thought That s the warning from modern climate science pioneer James Hansen His latest research suggests that polar ice sheet disintegration may cause sea level rise enough to drown coastal cities not in a few centuries but in a few decades Continue Reading The decisions we make about climate change today will reverberate for millennia Written by Contributor Mar 27 2016 0 Comments David Roberts writes The great irony of climate change is that it s so big we can barely care about it We re in a brief window of time when it is still possible to blunt the worst effects of climate change So let s try an imaginative exercise connecting long term climate consequences to our current political moment Continue Reading Bookshelf When trucks stop running so

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  • GREEN POLITICS – Ecologise
    to global inequality is entirely inadequate because it bypasses the questions of power and of corporate control over the planet s productive resources that are at the very heart of global capitalism and its crisis Continue Reading Bookshelf The Politics of Nature by Bruno Latour Written by Contributor Apr 19 2016 0 Comments Kurt Cobb writes Latour understands that the natural world which politics has always held at arm s length while nevertheless dealing daily with nature s demands must now explicitly invite that natural world to the bargaining table This is not about being a nature lover who only cares about animals and plants but not about humans Continue Reading Special A view from the Left Capitalism climate change and the environment Written by Ecologise Apr 12 2016 0 Comments From the point of view of greens the Left in general and Marxism in particular is often seen as being myopic about the looming environmental crisis Here we present a selection of articles and essays by leading writers from the Left who are among the most interesting and constructive voices to engage with the issue Continue Reading Ideas For Going Forward A manifesto for a world in crisis Written by Contributor Apr 8 2016 0 Comments Some Possible Ideas For Going Forward is a manifesto for global change signed by leading activists academics and intellectuals including Noam Chomsky to help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that over time come to a synthesis We believe only program that is fully understood and owned by grassroots participants can win lasting change Continue Reading A Green Development Manifesto for Kerala Written by Contributor Apr 7 2016 0 Comments This first of its kind Green Development Agenda for Kerala was collectively drafted by green collective Paristhithi Aikya Vedhi and has been submitted to the leaders of the main political parties in the fray for the upcoming Assembly Elections in May It was released on 30th March by Dr V S Vijayan Member Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel Continue Reading How Goa s mining lobby government and media ganged up against a young tribal activist Written by Contributor Apr 4 2016 0 Comments Nandita Haksar writes Ravindra Velip a 27 year old tribal activist fighting mining in Goa is facing the combined might of the state government the mining lobby and a complicit media A founding member of green activist group Rainbow Warriors he was arrested and placed in judicial custody When he was assaulted in jail it went unreported Continue Reading Bookshelf Capitalism and Climate Change The Science and Politics of Global Warming Written by Contributor Apr 3 2016 0 Comments The climate crisis is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced which threatens not only global civilization but the very survival of our species and many others This book gives a lucid explanation of the science of climate change and illuminates the role of capitalism in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis and related dangers Continue Reading Charles Eisenstein In

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  • Health & Safety – Ecologise
    failed to learn from developed countries mistakes and is on a disastrous path of motorization Continue Reading Why is India importing US nuclear reactors that even the US doesn t want Written by Contributor Apr 2 2016 0 Comments Nityanand Jayaraman writes A new report warns that India s plans to import 12 nuclear reactors from ailing American equipment suppliers is financially fraught and irrelevant for India s electricity needs If built the reactors will cost anywhere between Rs 6 3 lakh crore and Rs 11 lakh crore thereby translating to unaffordable and obscenely high electricity tariffs Continue Reading Special A look back at Kerala s endosulphan disaster Written by Ecologise Apr 2 2016 0 Comments Valiya Chirakula Pakshikal Birds With Large Wings directed by Dr Biju has been declared 2015 s Best Film on Environment It explores the disastrous environmental and public health consequences of pesticide use based on real life events in Kasargode Kerala On this occasion here s a look back at the manmade disaster that continues to haunt Kasargode residents Continue Reading Organic agriculture agroecology and the parallel reality of the GMO evangelist Written by Contributor Mar 27 2016 0 Comments Colin Todhunter writes GMO enthusiasts insist that agroecological farming could never feed the world But it has been feeding us all for millennia and it s the only way to continue while enriching the soils on which all farming depends Gandhi once called industrial agriculture a nine day wonder And its time will soon be up Continue Reading On burning ground The human cost of India s push to produce more coal Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments Fred Pearce reports As part of India s modernization program Prime Minister Narenda Modi has called for doubling the nation s coal production by 2020 If it moves forward India seems set to create a mounting tide of victims from the cycle wallahs and refugees of Jharia s coal fires to the country s air quality to the planet s climate Continue Reading 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 Arms Agribusiness Finance and Fossil Fuels The Four Horsemen of the Neoliberal Apocalypse Written by Contributor Feb 16 2016 0 Comments Colin Todhunter writes There is a notion that we can just continue as we are with an endless supply of oil endless supplies of meat and endless assault on soil human and environmental well being that intensive petrochemical agriculture entails Given the statistics this is unsustainable unrealistic and a recipe for continued resource driven conflicts and devastation Continue Reading Video Report

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  • Ideas & Inspiration – Ecologise
    to disobey to survive Written by Contributor Apr 13 2016 0 Comments Nikhil VJ writes Although water is a liquid it breaks nearly all the rules that liquids follow and has characteristics that are totally unique It is precisely the rule bending characteristics of water that make life possible In what other systems can a little breaking of the rules be essential to making life possible sustainable thriving Continue Reading Video Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay on growth happiness and carbon emissions Written by Contributor Apr 11 2016 0 Comments Deep in the Himalayas on the border between China and India lies the Kingdom of Bhutan which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time In this illuminating talk by TED Bhutan s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country s mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation Continue Reading Special Ringing Cedars and the new silent revolution in Russia Written by Ecologise Apr 10 2016 0 Comments The Ringing Cedars of Russia series of books have sold over ten million copies in Russia and has inspired a massive movement in earth consciousness there Its part of a new silent revolution in Russia where more and more people are leaving the cities to live closer to nature Interestingly the Russian government actively supports it Continue Reading Video Cowism How an engineer is transforming Indian agriculture Written by Contributor Apr 9 2016 0 Comments Chetan Raut founder of the intriguingly named startup Cowism aims to empower distressed Maharashtra farmers to become self reliant and financially independent by integrating commercially useful assets like native cattle into farming practices to improve soil fertility lower input costs and raise profits Invariably the solutions to our problems lie right under our noses says Chetan Continue Reading Ideas For Going Forward A manifesto for a world in crisis Written by Contributor Apr 8 2016 0 Comments Some Possible Ideas For Going Forward is a manifesto for global change signed by leading activists academics and intellectuals including Noam Chomsky to help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that over time come to a synthesis We believe only program that is fully understood and owned by grassroots participants can win lasting change Continue Reading Charles Eisenstein In a Rhino Everything Written by Contributor Apr 1 2016 0 Comments A planet where caged wild animals go extinct is also one that warehouses its elderly in nursing homes A world where the last white rhinos age in zoos is also a world of war racism poverty and ecocide It s impossible for one to exist without the others All are part of the same unholy matrix Continue Reading Atulya Bingham Where did environmentalism go wrong Written by Contributor Mar 29 2016 0 Comments Atulkya Bingham author of Mudball writes With an unwavering fascination in the end of the world environmentalism has attempted to scare humanity into acting and we are now seeing just how spectacularly these scare tactics have failed Not

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  • INDIA – Ecologise
    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 Amit Bhaduri On democracy corporations and inequality Written by Contributor Apr 19 2016 0 Comments Infusing the institution of democracy with the ideology of growth without considering the fate of the majority results in a dangerous mutualism between corporations and the government The inclusive democracy of one adult one vote is reconciled with the economic power of corporations by price rationing out the poor from any possibility of direct representation Continue Reading Famines and Public Distribution System in India Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments Debarshi Das writes The neoliberal State seeks to cut down welfare expenditure hence it is against PDS It also relies on the market Although contemporary advocates of free market are not motivated by extraction of colonial revenue in terms of policy prescription they do not differ from the advocates of free market of colonial era Continue Reading Video Development and identity theft in Northeast India Written by Contributor Apr 16 2016 0 Comments Usha Dewani writes Indigenous communities have a strong belief in the sacredness of the natural world and assert that excess exploitation of the material world through huge infrastructure programs like large dams and hydropower projects would not lead to social development They are concerned that these infrastructure programmes might compromise their autonomy over their lands Continue Reading Cars Capitalism and India Written by Contributor Apr 12 2016 0 Comments Vidhyadhar Date writes A developed country is not one where the poor drive cars but one where the rich use public transport Building more roads to reduce congestion is like trying to put out a fire with petrol India has failed to learn from developed countries mistakes and is on a disastrous path of motorization Continue Reading Is agriculture a business Written by Contributor Apr 11 2016 0 Comments Harish Damodaran writes Is farming really a business If so to what extent Is there something about agriculture that makes it fundamentally different as a business Farmers suffer rules other businessmen never encounter There are at least four laws of business operating only in farming of which the last two are probably unique to India Continue Reading India s looming water wars can destroy everything from Make in India to smart cities Written by Contributor Apr 8 2016 0 Comments Nikhil Inamdar writes India has the world s largest number of people without access to clean water The financial burden of this has fallen on its poorest agrarian communities but the crisis is now spilling over to industries too In Marathwada the tanker business is the only one booming The rest of the economy has collapsed Continue Reading A Green Development Manifesto for Kerala Written by Contributor Apr 7 2016 0 Comments This first of its kind Green Development Agenda for Kerala was collectively

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  • Livelihoods – Ecologise
    prescription they do not differ from the advocates of free market of colonial era Continue Reading Is agriculture a business Written by Contributor Apr 11 2016 0 Comments Harish Damodaran writes Is farming really a business If so to what extent Is there something about agriculture that makes it fundamentally different as a business Farmers suffer rules other businessmen never encounter There are at least four laws of business operating only in farming of which the last two are probably unique to India Continue Reading Video Cowism How an engineer is transforming Indian agriculture Written by Contributor Apr 9 2016 0 Comments Chetan Raut founder of the intriguingly named startup Cowism aims to empower distressed Maharashtra farmers to become self reliant and financially independent by integrating commercially useful assets like native cattle into farming practices to improve soil fertility lower input costs and raise profits Invariably the solutions to our problems lie right under our noses says Chetan Continue Reading An infrastructure tsunami is being unleashed on the environment in the name of development Written by Contributor Apr 9 2016 0 Comments Bill Laurance writes Some 25 million km of new paved roads thousands of dams and hundreds of thousands of new mining oil and gas projects are being planned roughly 90 of them in developing nations Their environmental impacts could easily dwarf climate change as thousands of projects penetrate into the world s last surviving wild areas Continue Reading India s looming water wars can destroy everything from Make in India to smart cities Written by Contributor Apr 8 2016 0 Comments Nikhil Inamdar writes India has the world s largest number of people without access to clean water The financial burden of this has fallen on its poorest agrarian communities but the crisis is now spilling over to industries too In Marathwada the tanker business is the only one booming The rest of the economy has collapsed Continue Reading There s a drought in many parts of India Why isn t it making headlines Written by Contributor Apr 3 2016 0 Comments Harish Damodaran writes In the past droughts invariably fuelled speculation and hoarding by unscrupulous traders But this time Indians in the cities are hardly feeling the pinch Barring sugar consumers aren t paying all that much more compared to a year ago Simply put this time it is a drought essentially of farmers and rural producers Continue Reading Organic agriculture agroecology and the parallel reality of the GMO evangelist Written by Contributor Mar 27 2016 0 Comments Colin Todhunter writes GMO enthusiasts insist that agroecological farming could never feed the world But it has been feeding us all for millennia and it s the only way to continue while enriching the soils on which all farming depends Gandhi once called industrial agriculture a nine day wonder And its time will soon be up Continue Reading How WeFarm connects small farmers without the Internet Written by Contributor Mar 25 2016 0 Comments Pierce Nahigyan reports Founded in

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