Paul Kingsnorth: The Great Unsettling
3rd February 2023
There is no such thing as a perfect society, and anyone who tries to build one will either go mad or become a tyrant. Humans are fallen, or just natural, and both of those words are synonyms for ‘imperfect’. What is ‘perfection’ anyway? It is a concept designed by a part of the modern human mind – the part that likes clean lines, easy answers, plots that end by neatly tying up all the threads. The quest for perfection is a quest for homogeneity and control, and it leads to the gulag and the guillotine, the death camp and the holy war. Even if we could agree on what perfection amounted to, we would none of us be equipped to build it.
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Thermodynamic Failure: Phase 2
11th April 2019
“Most people aren’t paying attention. Most people have no idea what’s going on. Industrial civilization is already having serious health problems and heart palpitations. By 2020, industrial civilization’s going to suffer a massive stroke. By 2025, it will be in hospice. By 2030, it will be dead,” writes the anonymous author of Articulating The Future….
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Extinction is now outpacing evolution; humans are ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists
22nd October 2018
From The Guardian: Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, according to a stark new analysis. More than 300 different mammal species have been eradicated by human activities. The new research calculates the total unique evolutionary history that has been lost as a result at a startling 2.5 billion years….
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Charles Eisenstein: Why I am afraid of global cooling
24th July 2018
Climate science has consistently underestimated the effect of biology on climate. A geomechanical bias holds sway, seeing life as hostage to fluctuations in atmospheric components. In contrast, a living planet view holds that fundamentally it’s life itself that maintains the conditions for life, and the depletion of life is the biggest threat to the climate….
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Making War on the Planet: Geoengineering and Capitalism’s Creative Destruction of the Earth
19th January 2018
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Green banking: Trick or treat?
7th April 2017
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The saga of Indian mining: A long lineage of illegality
2nd February 2017
India has seen more than a handful of mining-related scams unravel in the last decade. The 2014 coalgate scam is perceived as the nemesis of the UPA government. The powerful but now infamous Reddy Brothers made headlines for the illegal operations in Bellary. Goan citizens confronted by mine-related pollution through successive governments nicknamed their…
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Pollution deadline missed: What next for India’s dirty power plants?
5th January 2017
The harsh realities of burning vast quantities of coal in India with very lax pollution control measures are well described by a news article in The Economic Times. With a large number of coal power plants being additionally planned to be built, the pollution impacts on our communities, as amply demonstrated in the…
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2015: The year oil peaked?
31st December 2015
Ron Patterson writes: It is obvious to me that OPEC is producing flat out. Only Iran has potential to increase production, but that will only replace decline in other OPEC nations. OPEC production will likely hold steady for the next four or five years before starting a steady decline. It will not prevent peak oil….
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Video: The high-stakes dinner party in Paris
30th November 2015
Grist.org Today, diplomats will gather in Paris for a helluva high-stakes dinner party. How? Well, their orders are likely to affect the collective future of the planet. Check out our video above for all the savory details. Has anyone ever tried to convince you to order something off a menu that you couldn’t afford?…
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23rd June 2015
Peak Oil: Myth Or Coming Reality? Gaurav Agnihotri, Oilprice.com We have yet to see evidence that we are nearing a peak in oil production. On the contrary, agencies like EIA and IEA have predicted a stable increase in crude oil production for the next few years at least. But supplies may not be the only,…
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17th June 2015
G7 leaders bid ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to carbon fuels Reuters Leaders of the world’s major industrial democracies resolved on Monday to wean their energy-hungry economies off carbon fuels, marking a major step in the battle against global warming that raises the chances of a U.N. climate deal later this year. The Group of Seven’s energy pledge…
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Sagar Dhara: Response to Alan Rusbridger
15th June 2015
Pot calling the kettle black will not mitigate global warming, eco-socialism can Sagar Dhara (This article was originally published on Frontierweekly.com on 2 June, 2015) In a recent interview published in The Hindu, Alan Rusbridger, the former editor-in-chief of the Guardian, expressed the fear that India “is going to burn a vast amount of dirty coal in very inefficient ways, and…
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A ‘People’s Report’ on Climate Change in Karnataka
14th June 2015
Shankar Sharma On World Environment Day, Karnataka’s chief minister Siddharamaiah released a people’s report on the action plan needed to ‘mitigate’ and ‘adapt’ to Climate Change issues in the state of Karnataka. This report was prepared because of the efforts of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. The report is termed as “people’s report” because it is based…
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Peak Oil from the Demand Side: A Prophetic New Model
13th June 2015
Avery Morrow, Peak Oil Barrel The most attention-grabbing attempts to predict oil futures have come from geologists and environmental activists, who tend to look solely at production. An overlooked doctoral thesis by Christophe McGlade, Uncertainties in the outlook for oil and gas, in contrast, focuses on how both supply and demand might be constrained in the coming…
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9th June 2015
G7: End of fossil fuel era? BBC News The G7 has called for a transformation of electricity generation towards renewables and nuclear by 2050. And they said fossil fuel should not be burned in any sector of the economy by the end of the century. Their targets are not binding – but they send a clear message…
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Prayas looking for Energy Policy Researchers at Pune
5th June 2015
Prayas (Energy Group) Prayas (Energy Group) or PEG is a leading energy policy research and advocacy organization based in Pune, known for its analysis based policy advocacy. Based on a rigorous analytical approach backed by policy and institutional innovation, PEG actively intervenes in regulatory and policy spheres in the energy sector with the objective of promoting public interest…
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The IMF’s “shocking” estimate of fossil fuel costs: There’s more to the story
4th June 2015
Sajai Jose Credit: CGP Grey/Flickr, CC-BY 2.0 Recently, when an International Monetary Fund research paper revealed that the actual cost of fossil fuel usage for 2015 was a staggering US$ 5.3 trillion (approx. 340 lakh crore rupees), it made headlines worldwide, though it went largely unreported in India. What accounts for the bulk of this figure are the hidden…
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2nd June 2015
The heat and the death toll are rising in India. Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future? The Guardian UK India is struggling to cope with one of the deadliest heatwaves to hit the subcontinent. And its attempt to do so is raising a question for the whole planet – how can humans cope with…
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