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  • RECOMMENDED – Ecologise
    its scale scope and complexity its unlike anything humankind has experienced before We do not yet know just how it will unfold but the response to it must involve all stakeholders of the global polity Continue Reading Bookshelf 150 Strong A Pathway to a Different Future Written by Contributor Apr 25 2016 0 Comments Rob O Grady explains why none of the existing large scale systems be they capitalist or communist would work For a community to function well it must resolve conflicts as they arise It can only operate if we personally know every other person This limits the maximum size of the community to Dunbar s Number around 150 individuals Continue Reading Gail Tverberg The Physics of Energy and the Economy Written by Contributor Apr 24 2016 1 Comment The physics of energy and the economy evokes some trepidation An economy seems to be a dissipative system but what does this really mean Not many people understand dissipative systems and very few understand how an economy operates The combination leads to an awfully lot of false beliefs about the energy needs of an economy 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 Neoliberalism the ideology at the root of all our problems Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments George Monbiot writes So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom recognise it as an ideology We accept the proposition that this utopian millenarian faith describes a neutral force a biological law like Darwin s theory of evolution But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power 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 Our economic growth system is reaching limits in a strange way Written by Contributor Apr 13 2016 0 Comments Gail Tverberg writes We are experiencing a world economy that seems to be reaching limits but the symptoms are not what peak oil groups warned about Instead of high prices and lack of supply we are facing indirect problems brought on by our high consumption of energy products I have called it a double pump problem Continue Reading Special A view from the Left Capitalism climate change and the environment Written by Ecologise

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  • Resource Use – Ecologise
    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 Gail Tverberg The Physics of Energy and the Economy Written by Contributor Apr 24 2016 1 Comment The physics of energy and the economy evokes some trepidation An economy seems to be a dissipative system but what does this really mean Not many people understand dissipative systems and very few understand how an economy operates The combination leads to an awfully lot of false beliefs about the energy needs of an economy Continue Reading Connecting the rise of Donald Trump with global resource depletion Written by Contributor Apr 23 2016 0 Comments Ugo Bardi writes Something like Trump was unavoidable He is best defined as the visible effect of the ongoing social phase transition A symptom of the ongoing breakdown of the social pact in the West A discrete change in our path in the direction of collapse in turn precipitated by depletion of resources especially energy 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 Neoliberalism the ideology at the root of all our problems Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments George Monbiot writes So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom recognise it as an ideology We accept the proposition that this utopian millenarian faith describes a neutral force a biological law like Darwin s theory of evolution But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power Continue Reading Study Climate change takes from the poor gives to the rich Written by Contributor Apr 17 2016 0 Comments A new study finds that climate change is triggering a massive reallocation of resources to the world s wealthiest countries Fish and other important resources are moving toward the Earth s poles as the climate warms and wealth is moving with them according to a new paper by scientists at Rutgers Princeton Yale and Arizona State universities 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 Our economic growth system is reaching limits in a strange way Written by Contributor

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  • Rural India – Ecologise
    They are concerned that these infrastructure programmes might compromise their autonomy over their lands 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 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 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 Video Rice Bowl to Ashtray Documentary on industrialisation and displacement in Chhattisgarh Written by Contributor Mar 22 2016 0 Comments Since its formation Chhattisgarh

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  • Soil & Water – Ecologise
    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 Drought Digest Dry planet In every continent flashing red Written by Contributor Apr 27 2016 0 Comments The Indian Express reports The Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System GIDMaPS map shows large patches of dry areas in every continent indicating droughts of 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 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 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 Why we must have water budgets Written by Contributor Mar 30 2016 0 Comments Techno economic fixes do not address the underlying zero sum game nature of water resource use Ultimately the problem is that of allocating the water available each year among users both people and the ecosystem Without understanding how much water is available how much is used and by whom solving India s water crisis will be impossible 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

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  • Sustainability – Ecologise
    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 Bookshelf 150 Strong A Pathway to a Different Future Written by Contributor Apr 25 2016 0 Comments Rob O Grady explains why none of the existing large scale systems be they capitalist or communist would work For a community to function well it must resolve conflicts as they arise It can only operate if we personally know every other person This limits the maximum size of the community to Dunbar s Number around 150 individuals Continue Reading Gail Tverberg The Physics of Energy and the Economy Written by Contributor Apr 24 2016 1 Comment The physics of energy and the economy evokes some trepidation An economy seems to be a dissipative system but what does this really mean Not many people understand dissipative systems and very few understand how an economy operates The combination leads to an awfully lot of false beliefs about the energy needs of an economy 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 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 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 Special A view from the Left Capitalism climate change and the environment Written by Ecologise Apr 12 2016 0 Comments From the point

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  • Systemic Collapse – Ecologise
    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 Bookshelf When trucks stop running so does civilization Written by Contributor Mar 23 2016 0 Comments Virtually everything in our homes everything in our stores got there on a truck Prior to that 90 percent of those items were transported on a ship and or a train If trucks trains and ships stopped running our global economy and way of life would stop too Alice Friedemann s new book examines precisely this prospect 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 Whatever happened to Peak Oil Written by Contributor Feb 25 2016 0 Comments John Michael Greer writes While the standard peak oil scenario did not happen quite a bit of the economic political and social turmoil we ve seen since 2005 or so was in fact driven by the impact of peak oil but that impact didn t follow the linear model that most peak oil writers expected it to follow 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 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 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

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  • Technology – Ecologise
    currently experiencing it They are largely related to the possibilities generated by new technologies especially communication and surveillance technologies which are increasingly being used by governments with fascist inclinations 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 Video Report How renewable energy is already taking over the world Written by Contributor Mar 30 2016 0 Comments Juan Cole writes In 2015 energy companies invested more in new renewables power plants than in fossil fuel plants for the first time in history The majority of these plants were planned for developing countries a sign that the technology is now viewed as less expensive It is clear there is a secular trend upwards Continue Reading How WeFarm connects small farmers without the Internet Written by Contributor Mar 25 2016 0 Comments Pierce Nahigyan reports Founded in 2014 WeFarm is a free peer to peer service designed for farmers around the world It enables farmers to share information with each other via SMS or text messaging WeFarm translates and connects queries from continent to continent and has thus far provided more than 100 000 answers to its 43 000 registered farmers Continue Reading In spite of cool advertising electric cars also damage the environment Written by Hema Vaishnavi Mar 23 2016 1 Comment In the Union Budget the government has decided to exempt the new age cesses on electric and hybrid cars But are these green cars really green They do not pollute the areas that they are being used in because all they are doing is move the pollution from the point of movement to the source of electricity Continue Reading Bookshelf When trucks stop running so does civilization Written by Contributor Mar 23 2016 0 Comments Virtually everything in our homes everything in our stores got there on a truck Prior to that 90 percent of those items were transported on a ship and or a train If trucks trains and ships stopped running our global economy and way of life would stop too Alice Friedemann s new book examines precisely this prospect Continue Reading The Paris Climate Talks A Nepali View Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments Shail Shrestha writes at Local Futures Technology transfer from the North to South has long been regarded as the path to a better life in less developed regions of the world But even the best and the most sustainable technology proposed in Paris would make Nepal less sustainable than it is today leading us in the wrong direction Continue Reading Bookshelf Shrinking the Technosphere by

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  • Transition – Ecologise
    in turn precipitated by depletion of resources especially energy 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 Gail Tverberg Globalization is reaching its limits here s why Written by Contributor Apr 10 2016 0 Comments We have identified two different limits to globalization One has to do with limits on the amount of goods and services that developed countries can absorb before those imports unduly disrupt local economies The other occurs because of the sensitivity of many developing nations to low commodity prices because they are exporters of these commodities 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 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 The Church of Economism and its discontents Written by Contributor Mar 26 2016 0 Comments Richard Norgaard writes Two centuries of explosive economic growth have radically altered our world With human activity now the major driver of

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