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  • Peak Complexity, Peak Ignorance and Peak Selfishness – Ecologise
    a high standard of living The problem simply cannot be solved unless you reduce energy use per capita or population or both in equal proportion and stay within earth s carrying capacity As for breaking people s habits and demanding sacrifices of them it is near impossible to do in the democratic world we inhabit So there are no choices before us and the whole debate will eventually be settled by nature floods droughts desertification diseases famine etc and also by human conflict war arising from resource depletion and environmental damage As you climb the ladder of complexity technology becomes just the means for a stop gap arrangement to buy time until we find ourselves getting deeper into the crisis which prompts a need to innovate further This cycle continues till innovation lags behind the crisis which takes over the race resulting in collapse We as a species look at everything in the very short term and are never inclined for long term planning Even though our actions are short term in nature our dreams are of the long term which is why we nurture the next generation in the form of children There is no solution to the crises confronting humanity without massive pain deleveraging and sacrifices which is why people either run away from them when they can or immediately find ways to disagree so that the problems can be put aside for now But we are too far in the game now and there s no getting out We all know the problem and the solution and yet we try to find our own glory in these desperate times by beating around the bush instead of tackling things head on The fact is that the days of conducting seminars and talks and then continuing with business as usual is over There is a saying that it is easy to go with gravity in other words to indulge in misdeeds like corruption speaking lies perception deception etc but going against gravity needs effort One way to go against gravity is to tell the truth and bring one s actions in alignment with reality We may continue with our business as usual attitude with some occasional green initiatives but it looks like it does not matter anymore what individuals do as the damage we have caused collectively seems to have pre empted any effort we may undertake in trying to reverse it To take just one example if we reduce use of fossils fuels even by 10 15 the entire global financial system may crash due to deflation deleveraging and debt defaults which may result in endless depression destruction and wars And that is not counting the possibility of runaway climate change being triggered soon read this article by Michael P Byron and let us hope it is not even 0 1 percent correct We simply cannot bring down our massive global population on time nor can we do something to stop climate change by reducing energy consumption since finance growth energy and economy are all tied together Add religious belief and resource depletion to it and we have potent mix for catastrophe The only mantra left after that is just enjoy the party as long it lasts In other words we as a species are facing a precarious situation of life and death Some 30 40 years back we still had the opportunity to power down gracefully with less pain but having wasted it we must now await our fate of almost extinction kind of scenarios In my view nothing can prevent a catastrophe and endless crises at this point of time other than a miracle hoping no nuclear radiation engulfs the planet in such a case all bets are off for human species and we can only watch in despair as the system is too huge and deeply interlinked for any turnaround unless there is a massive movement of knowledge and a lot of sacrifice People who think that they only need to survive the coming onslaught of peak oil resource depletion and climate change somehow will find that life is not worth living after such planetary turmoil So there are no choices on the table really except only enjoy life as long as it lasts In other words to continue with business as usual Nothing less than a global crisis event would force governments and people to even consider changing track from business as usual It is a fact that the industrialized nations where awareness of such issues is more widespread has throughout history used all the resources and energy and cannot tell the truth about our current predicament let alone change the path Then again even if they did so it would have little impact as few look up to them now Whereas under industrialized and non industrialized nations are increasingly focused on removing poverty which is actually a function of external energy use per capita Basically poor nations are trying to enter the party just 5 minutes before midnight which is unfortunately closing time Both sides revere technology forgetting that it is just a means of using that energy either efficiently or inefficiently but incapable of creating any new stored energy All that we have achieved throughout history has been using stored and flow energy that is found on earth surface or crust thereby increasing the population and complexity of the civilization We are a complex species who have built a complex civilization of the highest order needing ever increasing energy supply to sustain and grow which might be approaching reached its highest point and hence Peak Complexity In fact the term Peak Oil itself is misleading in the first place It should have been Peak Complexity or Peak Everything I don t want to discourage anyone or be negative in any way but the truth is the truth and it cannot be hidden by perception and deception for too long I think human emotion has no place when it comes to the kind

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  • Special: Peak Oil and India – Ecologise
    2014 10 September 2014 11 August 2014 7 July 2014 5 June 2014 7 May 2014 2 April 2014 3 March 2014 4 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Upcoming Events Webinar on Groundtruthing at online event Groundtruthing gathers information that connects regulatory requirements with actual impacts development has on people Resource person Kanchi Kohli Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 12th May 2016 12th May 2016 Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at Hyderabad Understand and combat Hyderabad s water problems through rain water harvesting Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 15th May 2016 15th May 2016 Thought for Food at Palampur Himachal Pradesh Workshop on eating responsibly sharing strategies and tools for doing so Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 18th May 2016 22nd May 2016 Two short courses on Development at Azim Premji University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features Special Peak Oil and India Written by Contributor Mar 13 2014 0 Comments Peak Oil and Implications for India While it is dicey to predict oil reserves and production rates one can accurately compute and collate past figures Experts have been predicting peaking since 1995 but because of energy efficient machines substitution and use of natural gas and electricity for heating and so on the dates have been shifting This underscores the fact that the only reliable way to predict the timing of peak oil will be by examining past statistics The most telling evidence of peaking is the near plateauing and negative rise in production for the seven years ending 2011 An article by Maj Gen Retd S C N Jatar Editor s Note Requires subscription to access article From IDSA in Is the world about to run out of oil Peaking of oil supplies presents an unprecedented risk management problem Viable mitigation options could cost trillions of dollars and require more than a decade of intense effort An article by Maj Gen Retd S C N Jatar From the Business Standard Peak Oil and India An Analysis Are we scraping the bottom of the barrel Despite the Big Oil bravado energy gurus actually believe the world might be nearing Peak Oil The End of Cheap Gasoline An analysis by Akhilesh Singh From Akhilesh in India Spends 2 2 Billion to Triple Oil Reserve India Asia s

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  • Peak Oil & Energy Descent – Page 2 – Ecologise
    Coming Energy Crisis And The Way Forward on How viable is renewable energy Why Technology Cannot Adequately Address Climate Change Peak Oil India Exploring The Coming Energy Crisis And The Way Forward on The climate challenge is deeper than technology Saral Sarkar on Cowspiracy The film that environmental organisations don t want you to see Bala on Subhash Palekar From farmer to national treasure RAMESHWAR NAYAK on Subhash Palekar From farmer to national treasure Hareesh on Subhash Palekar From farmer to national treasure H R Prakash on When communalists turns on environmentalists Ashok Kundapur on In spite of cool advertising electric cars also damage the environment Tags activism agrarian crisis agriculture air pollution alternatives Books capitalism carbon emissions China Climate Change coal corporate rule deforestation development ecological conflict economic growth education awareness energy extreme weather events food security fossil fuels future scenarios Gail Tverberg global economy green politics India inequality Kurt Cobb Narendra Modi government neoliberalism oil prices organic farming Paris climate talks peak oil Renewable energy resource depletion resource extraction Richard Heinberg rural India Sagar Dhara Sustainability Transition videos water crisis weather patterns Archives Archives Select Month May 2016 4 April 2016 51 March 2016 46 February 2016 31 January 2016 27 December 2015 31 November 2015 29 October 2015 19 September 2015 12 August 2015 13 July 2015 9 June 2015 11 May 2015 13 April 2015 12 March 2015 16 February 2015 17 January 2015 10 December 2014 10 November 2014 10 October 2014 10 September 2014 11 August 2014 7 July 2014 5 June 2014 7 May 2014 2 April 2014 3 March 2014 4 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Special Features Peak Oil Energy Descent Cheap Oil Peak Oil and Kitchen Gardens Written by T

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  • Planning & Policy – Page 2 – Ecologise
    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 NEWS UPDATE 78 Written by Ecologise Jan 3 2016 0 Comments The hottest year in recorded history is coming to a close with a wave of extreme weather and ecosystem shifts from unprecedented flooding in the United Kingdom to dangerous deluges in South America Looking back at 2015 it s clear that such extremes are not the exception but the rule for the last year and beyond Continue Reading Update Chennai floods and climate change Written by Ecologise Dec 7 2015 0 Comments Studies show that with rising global temperatures the intensity of rain spells is increasing both in the southwest and northeast monsoons says M Rajeevan director Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology While no single weather event can said to be directly affected by global warming the probability of heavy rain increases in the climate change scenario Continue Reading Climate Change Brought the Rains Our Development Brought the Chaos Written by Nagraj Adve Dec 5 2015 1 Comment Chennai experienced exceptionally heavy rainfall in 1969 1976 1985 1996 1998 2005 and now in 2015 Even a decadal frequency is higher than the occurrence of extreme rain events in the first half of the 20th century It s likely that at least some of these six extreme rain events had the fingerprint of climate change Continue Reading News update Written by Ecologise Oct 20 2015 0 Comments Capitalism is Mother Earth s Cancer World People s Summit Issues 12 Demands Common Dreams Decrying capitalism as a threat to life an estimated 7 000 environmentalists farmers and Indigenous activists from 40 countries convened in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya for this weekend s World People s Conference on Climate Change aiming to elevate the demands of social movements Continue Reading Letter to concerned ministers on fossil fuel subsidies Written by Shankar Sharma May 31 2015 0 Comments To Sri Piyush Goyal Union Minister for Coal Power and Renewable Energy Govt of India New Delhi Copy with complements Sri Prakash Javadekar Union Minister for Environment Forests and Climate Change Govt of India New Delhi Sri Arun Jaitely Union Minister for Finance Govt of India New Delhi Sri Naredra Modi Prime Minister Govt of Continue Reading Mihir Mathur Local Exchange Systems Written by Mihir Mathur May 3 2015 0 Comments Local Exchange Systems Designing Community Initiatives A discussion paper on Alternate Economics to Strengthen Local Economy and Facilitate Sustainable Adaptation Mihir Mathur Mithika D Cruz Watershed Organization Trust Pune Abstract Economic Globalization in its current form is a centralising juggernaut which often causes large scale resource depletion in remote eco systems unpredictable price variations in essential commodities Continue Reading Sustainable Lifestyles Pathways and Choices for India and Germany Written by Contributor Apr 21 2015 0 Comments Harry Lehmann

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  • NEWS UPDATE #73 – Ecologise
    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 73 Written by Ecologise Nov 18 2015 0 Comments Overheated Planet Entering Uncharted Territory at Frightening Speed Common Dreams With new evidence that the concentration of greenhouse gases broke yet another record in 2014 the head of the World Meteorological Organization WMO warned on Monday that the warming planet is hurtling into uncharted territory at a frightening speed The United Nations weather agency s latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin pdf reports that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide CO2 reached 397 7 parts per million ppm in 2014 substantially beyond the 350ppm level deemed safe by scientists to avoid global warming Climate Change Threatens 55 Million in India s Coastal Areas Report Warns The Wire Climate change threatens nearly 55 million people in India s coastal areas and could lock in enough sea level rise to submerge land currently home to more than half a billion people globally if the temperature spikes by 4º celsius humanity s current trajectory The warning came from a new report published yesterday in Climate Central a US based non profit research and journalism organisation It also warned that a 4º celsius increase in temperature could submerge over 145 million people in China The findings come just weeks ahead of a UN climate summit in Paris from November 30 to December 11 The objective of the summit is to cap the rise in Earth s temperatures to 2º celsius above pre industrial levels and this remains a serious challenge India could push world into climate change danger zone warn scientists The Guardian UK Before the UN climate summit in Paris in December India has pledged to increase carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions more slowly than the economy grows The latest analysis of India s plan calculates that if it expands as it hopes by more than 8 5 a year emissions will reach 9bn megatonnes by the end of the next decade This is about one fifth of the total annual emissions that scientists calculate the world can emit in 2030 and still have a more than a 50 chance of avoiding the global temperature rising more than 2C considered a dangerous threshold Coal from Carmichael mine will create more annual emissions than New York The Guardian UK Coal from Adani s proposed 16bn Carmichael project will create annual emissions similar to those from countries like Malaysia and Austria and more than New York City according to calculations designed to highlight the scale of the mine s environmental impacts The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched another legal action against the federal government s renewed approval for the mine this time on the grounds that environment minister Greg Hunt failed to consider its impact on climate change and therefore on the Great Barrier Reef China smog around 50 times WHO recommendations Deccan Herald A swathe of China was blanketed

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  • News update – Ecologise
    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 Sep 21 2015 0 Comments Global Harming India s rich have a bigger ecological footprint than the world average Nihar Gokhale Catch News It is no secret that there s a growth in luxury goods in India A 10 minute walk in any big city would attest to this Over the last few generations lifestyles have changed significantly and a culture of consumerism is setting in at a fast pace It is mind boggling then that environment minister Prakash Javadekar declared last week that Indians believe only in need based consumption and shun extravagant consumption thanks to their value systems Incidence of dengue higher due to erratic rainfall this year Down to Earth The rapid progression of the disease has taken many by surprise as the high incidence is unseasonal compared to earlier trends The dengue virus usually strikes the city only after the end of the monsoons in October The reason for the temporal shift say experts is the erratic weather and rainfall that the country has witnessed this year Many scientific studies in the recent past have drawn connections between weather variables and the incidence of dengue Many scientists are in agreement that a combination of higher mean temperature in a region and high humidity fosters higher rates of dengue transmission and incidence Also read Climate change and vector borne diseases go hand in hand Delhi will record world s largest number of premature deaths due to air pollution The Times of India In another 10 years Delhi will record the world s largest number of premature deaths due to air pollution among all mega cities in the world By 2025 nearly 32 000 people in Delhi will die solely due to inhaling polluted air Kolkata will see its number of premature deaths spike between 2025 and 2050 and will record 54 800 deaths due to air pollution more than Delhi which will record 52 000 deaths and Mumbai with 33100 deaths during the same year Also read More people die from air pollution than Malaria and HIV Aids new study shows World s first smog filtering tower goes on tour The Guardian UK The Dutch city of Rotterdam has opened the world s first smog free tower Co designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde the seven metre high tower sucks in dirty air like a giant vacuum cleaner Ion technology then filters it before returning bubbles of smog free air through the tower s vents It is able to clean 30 000 cubic metres of air an hour according to Roosegaarde Scientists predict huge sea level rise even if we limit climate change The Guardian UK Even if world manages to limit global warming to 2C the target number for current climate negotiations sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters 20 ft above their current

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  • News update – Ecologise
    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 Sep 5 2015 0 Comments NASA World Locked Into at Least 3 Feet of Sea Level Rise Common Dreams New research underway indicates that at least three feet of global sea level rise is near certain NASA scientists have warned That s the higher range of the 1 to 3 feet level of rise the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC gave in its 2013 assessment Sea levels have already risen 3 inches on average since 1992 with some areas experiencing as much as a 9 inch rise Climate change will alter ocean bacteria crucial to food chain study The Guardian UK Climate change will have irreversible and unprecedented impacts on crucial ocean microorganisms that could trigger dramatic effects further up the food chain according to scientists The bacteria trichodesmium is known for surviving in nutrient poor parts of the ocean where it converts nitrogen gas into a material that can be used by other forms of life from plankton to whales which all require it to grow Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste Scientifc American the waste produced by coal plants is actually more radioactive than that generated by their nuclear counterparts In fact the fly ash emitted by a power plant a by product from burning coal for electricity carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy India prone to vector borne diseases heatwaves due to climate change Down to Earth India s extreme vulnerability to climate change will have a direct impact on the health of its population experts said at a seminar on Friday The World Health Organization has predicted in a report that between 2030 50 climate change will cause 250 000 additional deaths The Himalayan region is prone to vector borne diseases especially malaria and dengue Ramesh Dhiman of the National Institute of Malaria Research said at a seminar on Climate Change and Health Risks Organic farming to get a big boost in Maharashtra The Indian Express The Maharashtra government is drawing up a comprehensive plan to promote organic farming in a phased manner as an alternative to chemical fertilisers The Ministry of Agriculture is preparing the draft and special allocations will be made to meet the target The stress on organic farming reflects the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh s view that chemical fertilisers should be done away with and organic manure should replace it WTO rules against India in solar panels

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  • Video: Lord Man Parable – Ecologise
    Ashok Kundapur on In spite of cool advertising electric cars also damage the environment Tags activism agrarian crisis agriculture air pollution alternatives Books capitalism carbon emissions China Climate Change coal corporate rule deforestation development ecological conflict economic growth education awareness energy extreme weather events food security fossil fuels future scenarios Gail Tverberg global economy green politics India inequality Kurt Cobb Narendra Modi government neoliberalism oil prices organic farming Paris climate talks peak oil Renewable energy resource depletion resource extraction Richard Heinberg rural India Sagar Dhara Sustainability Transition videos water crisis weather patterns Archives Archives Select Month May 2016 4 April 2016 51 March 2016 46 February 2016 31 January 2016 27 December 2015 31 November 2015 29 October 2015 19 September 2015 12 August 2015 13 July 2015 9 June 2015 11 May 2015 13 April 2015 12 March 2015 16 February 2015 17 January 2015 10 December 2014 10 November 2014 10 October 2014 10 September 2014 11 August 2014 7 July 2014 5 June 2014 7 May 2014 2 April 2014 3 March 2014 4 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Upcoming Events Webinar on Groundtruthing at online event Groundtruthing gathers information that connects regulatory requirements with actual impacts development has on people Resource person Kanchi Kohli 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 Video Lord Man Parable Written by Contributor Mar 24 2015 0 Comments This video uses images and text from the book Overdevelopment Overpopulation Overshoot which speaks to how man once lived peacefully with all of the Earth s beauty but has quickly taken for granted all the resources and animals causing great environmental and sustainability issues Hieronymus Bosch s ghastly depictions of hell meet their match in many of the real life images collected in this sobering new book edited by conservationist Tom Butler

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