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  • News update – Ecologise
    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 News update Written by Ecologise Sep 22 2014 0 Comments Greenhouse Gas Pollution Sees Fastest Rise From The Scientific American Despite some recent regional reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and other industrial nations the total concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues its upward march at an unprecedented rate the World Meteorological Organization has announced Stand by for the megadroughts scientists warn From The Independent UK Climate change is set to unleash a series of decades long megadroughts this century according to new research Experts warn the droughts could be even more severe than the prolonged water shortage currently afflicting California where residents have resorted to stealing from fire hydrants amid mass crop failures and regular wildfires Low Oil Prices Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse Leading to the End of Oil Supply By Gail Tverberg Our Finite World Oil and other commodity prices have recently been dropping Is this good news or bad I would argue that falling commodity prices are bad news It likely means that the debt bubble which has been holding up the world economy for a very long since World War II at least is failing to expand sufficiently If the debt bubble collapses we will be in huge difficulty Saudi Arabia Aims For Nuclear Power Within 20 Years From Oilprice com To help address its energy needs last week Saudi Arabia announced plans to incentivize both private and public investments in energy sources other than oil Within 20 years the Saudi Royal Family aims to invest 80 billion and 240 billion so that nuclear and solar respectively will each provide 15 percent of the Kingdom s power needs The transition is intended to happen quickly with the first nuclear reactor expected to come online in only eight years Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment By Emily E Adams Earth Policy Institute The world has become blinded by oil and gas as the familiar ways to run the economy and so is proceeding to look for them in hard to reach places like the Arctic even as the costs mount and the returns diminish An example of the world being set in its ways was the announcement on August 28th that Royal Dutch Shell despite many setbacks in recent years submitted plans to the U S government to again drill for

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  • Population: A Heretical View – Ecologise
    for three people and so on However in the last few decades resource constraints of planet earth have been recognised and meeting the needs of the present population of seven billions appears as a severe challenge The Population Problem Human population has grown because humans can modify the environment to suit themselves and to a greater degree than any other species While the invention of fire and stone tools were important a significant change occurred around 12 000 years ago when agriculture was introduced Agriculture provided food security by increasing the shelf life of food mainly grains and in turn increased population Over time more and more land came under cultivation increasing dramatically over the last hundred years Since 1921 when the green revolution began food production has increased rapidly and so has population The green revolution is essentially based on fossil fuels primarily cheap oil Farm machinery runs on oil Both chemical fertilisers and pesticides are derived from oil Often irrigation pumps run on oil or on electricity which in turn is often produced by burning coal another fossil fuel Food processing and distribution is again based on oil In fact we have been eating oil Today oil and petroleum products the basis of modern agriculture is depleting At the same time the land is degraded and due to vanishing of forests wetlands and grasslands our food and water security is also diminishing The loss of flora and fauna only adds to this downward spiral To arrest the loss of habitat and to achieve food security it has been proposed that we embrace organic farming But it s doubtful that organic farming can feed today s population In 1921 when almost all agriculture was more or less organic it fed a population of 2 billion only Today with a degraded land and a 7 1 billion population it seems highly unlikely In short we are facing the prospect of famine on a planetary scale Today s Population Policy The aim of a sane population policy today ought to be achieve negative growth reduce population and then stabilize at zero population growth In nature all species have a stable population which fluctuates between negative and positive growth in a narrow band As a rule a sustainable population is based on high child birth rate and high child mortality and normal low longevity High child mortality occurs because almost all animals have predators which kill the weak and the slow High child mortality ensures lower growth rate and more effective genetic selection and therefore a healthier population Low longevity occurs because the predators kill the weak and the old Animals that do not have predators the top of the species die due to an inability to hunt or digest For example tigers die when they become too weak to hunt whereas elephants die due to losing their teeth However the mainstay of today s population policy is the opposite of nature s way Its goal is to reduce birth rate and

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  • Video: What it really means when the top 1% own half of India’s wealth – Ecologise
    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 What it really means when the top 1 own half of India s wealth Written by Contributor Jan 9 2016 0 Comments This short animated video on inequality from Krishi TV shows what it really means when the top 1 of India owns half of the country s wealth The benefits of India s economic growth of the past years have been largely appropriated by this small group at the expense of the welfare of the majority of Indians Krishi TV Today the top 1 of India owns half of the country

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  • Poverty & Inequality – Page 2 – Ecologise
    to power Africa Continue Reading World s richest 10 produce half of global carbon emissions Written by Contributor Dec 9 2015 0 Comments The richest 10 of people produce half of Earth s climate harming fossil fuel emissions while the poorest half contribute a mere 10 British charity Oxfam said in a report released Wednesday Rich high emitters should be held accountable for their emissions no matter where they live Oxfam climate policy head Tim Gore said in a recent statement Continue Reading World Bank warns climate change could drive millions into extreme poverty Written by Contributor Nov 22 2015 0 Comments Efforts to curb climate change must be twinned with programmes to cut poverty warns a study of the threat posed by global warming to food security View download World Bank report pdf Shock Waves Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty The Guardian UK The world must pair efforts to stabilise climate change with Continue Reading Credit Suisse Richest 1 own 53 of India s wealth Written by Contributor Oct 26 2015 0 Comments According to Credit Suisse India s wealth increased by 2 284 trillion between 2000 and 2015 Of this rise the richest 1 has hogged 61 Manas Chakravarty Live Mint The richest 1 of Indians own 53 of the country s wealth according to the latest data on global wealth from Credit Suisse The richest 5 own 68 6 of Continue Reading Oxfam Report 10 Million at Risk of Hunger Due to Climate Change and El Niño Written by Contributor Oct 9 2015 0 Comments Common Dreams At least ten million of the poorest people face food insecurity in 2015 and 2016 due to extreme weather conditions and the onset of El Niño Oxfam has reported In Oxfam s new report called Entering Uncharted Waters erratic weather patterns were noted including high temperatures and droughts disrupting farming seasons around the world 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 News update Written by Ecologise May 27 2015 0 Comments Heatwave to worsen over the years Study Times of India Hyderabad suffers a maximum of five heatwave days in a year According to experts this number will go up to as many as 40 days per year in the future This prediction has been made in a paper titled Climate change scenarios for Hyderabad Integrating uncertainties Continue Reading News update Written by Ecologise May 5 2015 0 Comments Will Tesla s home battery really transform our energy infrastructure The Guardian UK The goal is complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world Tesla

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  • RECOMMENDED – Page 2 – Ecologise
    trillion of un der funded liabilities really cannot ever be paid back under current terms In order for these obligations to be reset to a reality based level something has to give Continue Reading Charles Eisenstein Climate Change grief and carbon reductionism Written by Contributor Feb 13 2016 0 Comments People are not going to be frightened into caring Scientific evidence based predictions about what will happen 10 20 or 50 years in the future are not going to make 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 Tverberg A market collapse is on the horizon Written by Contributor Feb 11 2016 0 Comments Gail Tverberg writes We are about to see a substantial disruption to the economy as oil limits as well as other energy limits cause the economic supercycle to contract Whether its Peak Oil the Limits to Growth or the Debt Supercycle the underlying problem is the same we re reaching the limits of a finite world Continue Reading Too little too late John Michael Greer on the climate accord Written by Contributor Feb 7 2016 0 Comments Recently after a great deal of debate the passengers aboard the Titanic voted to impose modest limits sometime soon on the rate at which water is pouring into the doomed ship s hull Despite the torrents of self congratulatory rhetoric that flooded into the media afterwards that is the sum of what happened at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris Continue Reading Fifteen experts on the hidden consequences of the oil crash Written by Contributor Feb 4 2016 0 Comments Oil prices drive not just economics but geopolitics Alliances rise and fall over petroleum For these reasons and more the collapsing value of oil will have profound consequences with the potential to destabilize regimes remake regions and alter the global economy in lasting and unforeseen ways Fifteen experts tell Politico what that means for the world Continue Reading Economic collapse How to face it without fear Written by Manu Sharma Jan 20 2016 0 Comments It s indeed possible to wrap your head around the new emerging reality It doesn t take a financial maverick to foresee collapse and it 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 Tverberg Something Has Got To Break Written by Contributor Jan 18 2016 0 Comments Gail Tverberg explains the correlation between rates of GDP growth and growth in energy supply For decades energy has been becoming more costly to obtain but instead of accepting lower GDP growth we have been using debt to fund further energy extraction That strategy has diminishing returns and we are close to the moment of reckoning Continue Reading A historic event or a fraud Critical thoughts on the Paris

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  • Resource Use – Page 2 – Ecologise
    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 How did Indian rivers fare in 2015 Written by Contributor Mar 19 2016 0 Comments Swati Bansal writes The waters of many rivers were declared as unfit for human consumption This included rivers in Goa with fecal coliform bacteria and rivers in Karnataka where none were suitable for drinking But pollution was just one factor the other was hydropower power projects which continue to choke rivers such as the Chenab Continue Reading Bookshelf Shrinking the Technosphere by Dmitry Orlov Written by Contributor Mar 18 2016 0 Comments My hypothesis let s call it the Technospheratu hypothesis is that the technosphere having risen up on top of and in opposition to Gaia and the biosphere possesses a certain primitive emergent intelligence that allows it to grow in complexity and power and to dominate the biosphere to an ever greater extent Unlike Gaia it is a parasite upon the biosphere Continue Reading India s rising Corporate Military Complex A critical appraisal Written by Contributor Mar 15 2016 0 Comments Rahul Varman writes Bauxite or iron mines are opened up by grabbing people s lands and homes against great resistance and UAVs and other increasingly sophisticated weapons are used to quell this resistance The corporate sector benefits both from the mining as well as the demand for weapons demand which is independent of the vagaries of the market system Continue Reading Special P Sainath s award winning series on rural India s Thirst Economy Written by Contributor Mar 11 2016 1 Comment This series on rural India s water crisis won P Sainath a World Media Summit award under the category of Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries It zeroes in on the stark contrasts in the consumption and access to water between the rich and poor to illustrate the alarming trend of inequalities in India and abroad Continue Reading Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene scientists say Written by Contributor Mar 8 2016 0 Comments A new study provides one of the strongest cases 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 Towards Energy Democracy A Vision Statement Written by Contributor Mar 6 2016 0 Comments Unlimited growth and consumerist culture is incompatible with a finite world We call for an urgent paradigm shift from the currently dominant model of consumption led development to creating frameworks of human and ecological well being This transition should be defined by the principles of sustainability equity and justice Adopted at the Bijli Vikalp Sangam Bodh Gaya Continue Reading Make Or Break In India Down to Earth special issue ahead

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  • Rural India – Page 2 – Ecologise
    out to the farmers Met them in person and trained them in his cultivation practices He continues to spread awareness and hold training workshops for farmers 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 Power in India radical pathways to local self rule Written by Contributor Feb 15 2016 0 Comments Ashish Kothari Pallav Das write in State of Power report People are recognizing that the current power dispensation is frozen in an intellectual paradigm defined by free market orthodoxy and will change only if confronted by worldviews such as swaraj or Radical Ecological Democracy India and the world needs that change in order to continue to thrive Continue Reading Video Report The jungle gangs of Jharkhand Written by Contributor Feb 14 2016 0 Comments Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava reports Groups like JJMP and TSPC thrive on a levy collected from mining Jharkhand accounts for nearly a third of India s coal a quarter of its iron ore and 16 of copper In return the armed groups provide protection to mining companies and intimidate villagers to facilitate land acquisition for the companies Continue Reading Map shows India leads the world in ecological conflict Written by Contributor Feb 12 2016 0 Comments SciDev Net reports India Colombia and Nigeria have the most cases of conflict caused by climate change and environmental disputes according to a map of global ecological conflict The Environmental Justice Atlas shows that more than 200 conflicts in India are caused by ecological disputes and scarcities of basic resources such as water and forests 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 A Marathwada farmer s wake up call to India try to understand why we die Written by Contributor Feb 1 2016 0 Comments Rajabhau Deshmukh a farmer from Beed says We ve been reaping merely 20 30 of our average crop in the last few years Even as bank loans moneylenders debts relatives credits and the interest keep gnawing at us we ve to somehow run our homes To be honest it seems we are not even allowed to fall sick Continue Reading Video Report India s indigenous people are holding fast to food traditions against all odds Written by Contributor Feb 1 2016 0 Comments Bowing To

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  • E-book: Water warriors – Stories on people and their relationship with water – Ecologise
    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 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 Water like every other finite resource needs sustainable and equitable management with equal focus on reducing demand recycling and finding alternatives as well as the usual emphasis on supply solutions While alarms are regularly raised over its increasing scarcity water is largely seen as a matter

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