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Capitalism and Climate Change: The Science and Politics of Global Warming
David Klein, Illustrated by Stephanie McMillan
The climate crisis is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Climate change threatens not only global civilization, but the very survival of our species and many others. The first part of this book gives a lucid explanation of the science of global warming and climate change.  The second part of the book clarifies and illuminates the role of capitalism in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis and related dangers. The exposition is interspersed throughout with the artwork of political cartoonist, Stephanie McMillan. The book ends with a call to action together with guidelines to begin organizing for the overthrow of capitalism. We hope that people will not only read it, but also use it as an organizing tool. It is offered with a Creative Commons license, so it can be shared freely and widely.
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The Limits to Growth (30-Year Update)
By Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III
In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. Their results shocked the world and created stirring conversation about global ‘overshoot,’ or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. Citing climate change as the most tangible example of our current overshoot, in this edition, the scientists now provide us with an updated scenario and a plan to reduce our needs to meet the carrying capacity of the planet.
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Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
William R. Catton Jr.
Catton’s primary contribution is the trailblazing articulation of an environmental sociological framework that challenged existing sociological theories in general from a completely different tack: by synthesizing sociological and ecological theory. He argued that a prevalent idea of human control over nature, instead of being a great achievement, might be only be a reflection of exploitation of natural resources that were actually finite.
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Converging Crises
Presentation by Gail Tverberg at the Age of Limits conference
Tverberg outlines the many crises converging on civilisation: Population Issues, Resource Depletion, Environmental Degradation, Debt; Viability of Financial System, Government Funding Issues,  Jobs Availability, Electrical Grid Problems,  Geopolitical: Fighting Over Resources Again. You can also read Tverberg’s article Converging Energy Crises – And How our Current Situation Differs from the Past, which expands the presentation, and specifically addresses why unlike previous crises faced by humanity, “this time it’s different.”
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Two papers by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen,  was a Romanian American mathematician, statistician and economist. A progenitor and a paradigm founder in economics, Georgescu-Roegen’s work was seminal in establishing ecological economics as an independent academic subdiscipline in economics. Georgescu-Roegen argues that economic scarcity is rooted in physical reality; that all natural resources are irreversibly degraded when put to use in economic activity; that the carrying capacity of Earth — that is, Earth’s capacity to sustain human populations and consumption levels — is bound to decrease sometime in the future as Earth’s finite stock of mineral resources is presently being extracted and put to use; and consequently, that the world economy as a whole is heading towards an inevitable future collapse.
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Economics in a Full World
Herman Daly
Pioneering ecological economist Herman Daly’s landmark paper on the shaky fundamentals of the world economy. Excerpt: “The global economy is now so large that society can no longer safely pretend it operates within a limitless ecosystem. Developing an economy that can be sustained within the finite biosphere requires new ways of thinking.”
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Melbourne University research on Energy, Climate Change, Collapse, Resilience and Transition 
Some of the most crucial academic research into humanity’s present and future is being conducted at the Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. Here are links to some of their most important papers:

Is Global Collapse Imminent? by Graham Turner. Dr Turner gathered data from the UN (its department of economic and social affairs, Unesco, the food and agriculture organisation, and the UN statistics yearbook), the US national oceanic and atmospheric administration, the BP statistical review, and elsewhere, which was plotted alongside the 1972 book Limits to Growth scenarios. The results show that the data is strikingly similar to the book’s forecasts.

Other MSSI Research Papers
The Ideology of the Anthropocene? by Jeremy Baskin
Resilience and its Discontents by Brendan Gleeson
Resilience and Justice by Susan S. Fainstein
Coming Through Slaughter: Ecology of the Urban Age by Brendan Gleeson
The Economics of Oil by Samuel Alexander
China’s Energy Transition: Effects on Global Climate and Sustainable Development by Ross Garnaut
A Critique of Techno-Optimism by Dr Samuel Alexander, Research Fellow MSSI
Post-Growth Economics by Dr Samuel Alexander, Research Fellow MSSI
More research papers are available at the MSSI website.

The World 5 model; Peak metals, minerals, energy, wealth, food and population
Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Deniz Koca and Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir
This paper shows that several metals, elements and energy resources are about to run into scarcity within the next decades, and most elements within some centuries. A new global systems model was assembled to analyse this scarcity as a continuation of the model used in the Limits-to-Growth World3 model. We show that this scarcity will lead to “peak wealth”, “peak population”, “peak costs”, “peak junk”, “peak problems” and possibly “peak civilization”, unless some urgent measures are systematically taken throughout the world.
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Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies
By Safa Motesharrei – University of Maryland, Jorge Rivas – University of Minnesota, Eugenia Kalnay – University of Maryland
There are widespread concerns that current trends in resource-use are unsustainable, but possibilities of overshoot/collapse remain controversial. Collapses have occurred frequently in history, often followed by centuries of economic, intellectual, and population decline. In this 2014 paper, the authors build a human population dynamics model by adding accumulated wealth and economic inequality to a predator-prey model of humans and nature.
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A Minimal Model for Human and Nature Interaction
By Safa Motesharrei – University of Maryland, Jorge Rivas – University of Minnesota, Eugenia Kalnay – University of Maryland
This 2012 study, sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center, highlights the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
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Food, Energy and Society
By David Pimentel and Marcia H. Pimentel
We are faced with dwindling food supplies in certain geographic areas, increasing pressure on energy resources, and the imminent extinction of many threatened species. Compiled by Andrew Ferguson, this document contains excerpts from the third edition of the Pimentels’ landmark study on the interdependency of food, energy, water, land, and biological resources. Since its first publication in 1979, the world’s natural resources have become even more diminished due to the rapid expansion of the global human population.
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The Trajectory of the Anthropocene: The Great Acceleration
Will Steffen, Wendy Broadgate, Lisa Deutsch, Owen Gaffney and Cornelia Ludwig
Only beyond the mid-20th century is there clear evidence for fundamental shifts in the state and functioning of the Earth System that are beyond the range of variability of the Holocene and driven by human activities. Thus, of all the candidates for a start date for the Anthropocene, the beginning of the Great Acceleration is by far the most
convincing from an Earth System science perspective.
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Food, Energy, Water and the Climate: A Perfect Storm of Global Events
By John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government
A ‘perfect storm’ of problems by 2030, will unleash public unrest and international conflict, says this report by Professor John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government
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Reality, Risks & Response to Climate Change
By American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
More than 97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening. There may be no more pressing issue intersecting science and society than climate change and the What We Know initiative was born in response to that reality. What We Know was initiated by The AAAS, the world’s largest non-government general science membership organization. Their report, Reality, Risks & Response to Climate Change, helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.
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No way out? The double-bind in seeking global prosperity alongside mitigated climate change
Timothy J. Garrett, Cornell University
In a prior study, I introduced a simple economic growth model designed to be consistent with general thermodynamic laws. Unlike traditional economic models, civilization is viewed only as a well-mixed global whole with no distinction made between individual nations, economic sectors, labor, or capital investments. At the model core is an observationally supported hypothesis that the global economy’s current rate of primary energy consumption is tied through a constant to a very general representation of its historically accumulated wealth. Extending the model to the future, the model suggests that the well-known IPCC SRES scenarios substantially underestimate how much CO2 levels will rise for a given level of future economic prosperity. Effectively, it appears that civilization may be in a double-bind. If civilization does not collapse quickly this century, then CO2 levels will likely end up exceeding 1000 ppmv; but, if CO2 levels rise by this much, then the risk is that civilization will gradually tend towards collapse.
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Resource Stress: A KPMG Report
The combined pressures of population growth, economic growth and climate change will place increased stress on essential natural resources (including water, food, arable land and energy). These issues will place sustainable resource management at the center of government agendas. A report by global consulting firm KPMG.

Technology Assessment: The Case of the Direct Use of Solar Energy (1978 paper)
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Vanderbflt University
“The truth is that any present recipe for the direct use of solar energy is a “parasite,” as it were, of the current technology, based mainly on fossil fuels. All the necessary equipment (including the collectors) are produced by recipes based on sources of energy other than the sun’s. And it goes without saying that, like all parasites, any solar technology based on the present feasible recipes would subsist only as long as its “host” survives. That is not all. As I propose to argue now, from all we can say, any presently feasible recipe for the direct use of solar energy causes a deficit in the general balance of energy; that is, any such recipe indirectly consumes more of some other form(s) of energy than it produces directly.”
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Searching For A Miracle: “Net Energy” Limits & The Fate of Industrial Society
By Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, Foreword by Jerry Mander
A non-technical examination of a basic question: Can any combination of known energy sources successfully supply society’s energy needs at least up to the year 2100? In the end, we are left with the disturbing conclusion that all known energy sources are subject to strict limits of one kind or another.
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Arithmetic, Population, and Energy
By Albert A. Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
This paper revisits Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis, a paper published by Prof Bartlett more than 20 years ago,  examines the arithmetic of steady growth, such as 5% per year, the doubling time for such growth, and the large numbers one gets when steady growth continues over modest periods of time. The examination then turns to what happens when one has steady growth in a finite environment. These concepts are applied to populations and to fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal.  To view a video of Prof. Bartlett presenting this paper, visit the Videos page.
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The Meaning of Sustainability
By Albert A. Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
What is Sustainability and how does Peak Oil, Climate Change and population growth impact it?
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The Olduvai Theory: Energy, Population, and Industrial Civilization
By Richard C. Duncan
The Olduvai theory states that industrial civilization (as defined by per capita energy production) will have a lifetime of less than or equal to 100 years (1930-2030). The Olduvai Theory is defined as the ratio of world energy production and population. It states that average energy production per capita will decline to its 1930 level by 2030. Collapse will be strongly correlated with an “epidemic” of blackouts around the globe. .
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Boserupian Theory on Population and the Environment Relationships
Catherine Marquette
Conceptual thinking on population and environment within both the social and natural sciences has traditionally suffered
from a long-term confinement within opposing “Malthusian” versus “Cornucopian” views. The work of Ester Boserup, however, continues to transcend the boundaries of this polarized discourse. This paper reviews the main points of Boserupian theory and its relevance to developing regions, in paricular to sub-Saharan Africa. Recent reinterpretations of Boserup’s work relevant to population and environment relationships in developing countries are also considered.
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Avoiding Collapse
An agenda for sustainable degrowth and relocalizing the economy
William E. Rees
The overarching premise of this paper is that human-induced global change represents a new context for development planning that cannot safely be ignored. Global ecological and socio-economic trends should now be major considerations in reframing even local planning strategies. It argues that meaningful consideration of global trends would generate a whole new approach to sustainability planning at every spatial scale.
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A New Worldview for Our Times
M.G. Jackson
The system of basic assumptions, or worldview that informs contemporary global culture was conceived in its essential features during the European ‘Enlightenment’ of the 17th century. During the course of the 20th century the shortcomings of this system have become increasingly evident, and they are beginning to be seen as the root cause of the many seemingly intractable global problems that confront us today. In this essay I present an overview of an alternative system of assumptions.
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A New Story for a New Economy: To Find Our Human Place in a Living Universe
By David Korten, author and member of the Club of Rome
Human beings currently organize themselves as if they are money-seeking robots inhabiting a dead Earth in a dead universe. This potentially fatal error explains why we are in deep trouble. This essay by Korten proposes that a viable human future depends on navigating a deep cultural and institutional transformation.
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The Transition Handbook|
By Rob Hopkins,  pioneer of the Transition Town movement
We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process – without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials.
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Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement Report:
Voices and Reflections from the Field

By The Post Carbon Institute 
The Post Carbon Institute has been at the forefront of spreading awareness about Peak Oil and exploring solutions and alternatives. Their new report is an instructive look at emerging grassroots initiatives that are building alternatives to a centralised, energy-intensive, global economy.
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One Straw Revolution
Masanobu Fukuoka
Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature’s own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.
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The Essence of Permaculture
By David Holmgren – environmental designer, ecological educator and writer, best known a co-originator of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison
This free e-book provides a summary of the permaculture concept and principles. Permaculture, which originally referred to “permanent agriculture”, is a branch of ecological design that develops self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems, inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.
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The Simpler Way
Samuel Alexander, Ted Trainer and Simon Ussher
One of the authors of this report, Ted Trainer, defines ‘The Simpler Way‘ as “Working for transition from consumer society to a more simpler, more cooperative, just and ecologically sustainable society”.  In the web page linked above, Trainer provides an exhaustive set of documents arguing how environmental problems can’t be solved in or by consumer capitalist society.
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Wendell Berry’s 17 Rules For A Sustainable Local Community
From a speech delivered by ‘mad’ farmer, author, and cultural critic Wendell Berry November 11, 1994 at the 23rd annual meeting of the US’ Northern Plains Resource Council.
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The Development Dictionary_ A Guide to Knowledge as Power
Edited by Wolfgang Sachs
In this classic collection, some of the world’s most eminent critics of development review the key concepts of the development discourse. Each essay examines one concept from a historical and anthropological point of view, highlights its particular bias, and exposes its historical obsolescence and intellectual sterility. The authors argue that a bidding farewell to the whole Eurocentric development idea is urgently needed, in order to liberate people’s minds in both North and South for bold responses to the environmental and ethical challenges now confronting humanity.
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Carbon Metrics – Global Abstractions and Ecological Epistemicide
Camila Moreno, Wolfgang Sachs, Lili Fuhr & Daniel Speich Chassé
The environmental crisis is real, urgent, and of global reach and significance. Climate change is framed as the largest threat. But this threat is seen almost exclusively as a problem of too much CO2 emissions. Is climate change more important and more urgent than the loss of biodiversity, the degradation of arable soils, or the depletion of fresh water? Can any of these phenomena even be considered in isolation from each other? Carbon Metrics argues that the way we describe and frame a problem very much predetermines the kinds of solutions and answers we seek, e.g. carbon-centric mode creates and even destroys knowledge at the same time. The authors of this essay invite the readers to take a step back and brush climate policy against the nap.
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The Third Curve: The End of Growth. As we know it!
A New Lens to Understand our New Economic Reality
Mansoor Khan
Perpetual Growth – the biggest global religion – is both impossible and a disease. It is impossible because it needs infinite energy and resources. It is a disease because it will kill everything if we chase it. And we are chasing it. This is exactly the ideology of a cancer cell. But what if the rules of the game have inverted? What if economic growth is eluding us for a reason that we have discounted all this while? What if there are indeed limits to growth? We need a new lens to understand this inversion of economic reality. The Third Curve provides us that lens. It identifies the root cause of the malady by reminding us of the forgotten relationships between money and energy, capital and resources, concept and reality. And that forces us to accept energy descent which mean end of growth as a natural and healthy paradigm.
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Sustainability Dynamics of Resource Use and Economic Growth
A Discussion on Sustaining the Dynamic Linkages between Renewable Natural Resources and the Economic System
 Mihir Mathur & Swati Agarwal, TERI
In this paper , we have used System Dynamics to test three popular policy options for sustaining Economic Growth, 1) Resource Efficiency, 2) Resource Efficiency and Green Growth, 3) Doubling of Resource Base due to technological advancement. The model outcomes indicate that the above policies fail to avoid the overshoot and fall of the economy due to resource depletion, but are successful in delaying it.
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A few reflections on the galloping environmental degradation
Prof. Mark Lindley, University of Hyderabad School of Economics
The galloping environmental degradation is complicated. Let me distinguish seven aspects of it, as a step toward developing a comprehensive understanding of it. (Some of these seven are closely linked to each other in a cause-and-effect or overlapping way.):
1. Renewable natural resources being used up faster than the Earth renews them
2. Depletion of nonrenewable mineral resources
3. Economcally harmful dislocations of natural materials
4. Pollution: natural “sinks” getting overloaded
5. Climate change
6. Extinctions of too many biological species
7. Antibiotic resistance and more virulent viruses
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Is Sustainable Development an Oxymoron?
Sagar Dhara
Sustainable development, today’s catch-phrase, is an oxymoron. For sustainable living, we need to reduce ourenergy consumption by at least 40%, move towards energy equity and replace today’s dominant global outlook of “Gain maximization for a few” by “Risk minimization for all.”
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Yugant: Capitalism, Global Warming and Peak Oil

By T Vijayendra, Cerana Foundation 
Yugant means end of an era. Two crises have come together that have endangered life on our planet and have spelt an end of the capitalist era. The first is global warming and the second is peak oil. Global warming, since it threatens life on earth, demands, on moral grounds, to reduce consumption of fossil fuels immediately. Peak oil, as we show below, brings down consumption of fossil fuels. Both will spell an end of capitalist era.
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Regaining Paradise: Towards a fossil fuel free society 
T Vijayendra
About the need for a transition towards a fossil fuel-free society.
CONTENTS OVERVIEW: Wolf at the Door. What about Alternative Forms of Energy? The Vision for a Fossil Fuel Free Society. Negative Entropy and Sustainability. Cuba without Isms. The Federal Republic of India. Regional Initiative. Trade Union Initiatives. Urban Initiatives. Rural Initiatives. What can I do? APPENDICES: The Quaker Method. A Village of the Watermills
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Modelling Urban Carrying Capacity and Measuring Quality of Life using System Dynamics
An examination of the dynamics of urban growth, capacity constraints, and impact on people’s quality of life
Mihir Mathur, & Kabir Sharma, The Energy and  Resources Institute (TERI)
An outcome of urban growth is concentration of population and businesses. As the population of an urban area increases, so do diverse concerns and problems including issues of servicing large number of people with existing, limited resources. Environmental problems, particularly pollution and water scarcity, have become more prominent and worrisome in recent times and are central issues for urban planners and decision makers. To address these complex problems, practical approaches that incorporate the concept of carrying capacity into managing urban development are needed. This paperpresents a system dynamics (SD) model highlighting the drivers of urbanization, its impact on carrying capacity, and the consequent multiple feedbacks that impacts urbanization’s growth.
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Carbon Cimax: End of HydroCarbon Legacy
Mihir Mathur, Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune
Contents overview: World Oil Discoveries. World’s Giant Oil Fields. End of HydroCarbon Legacy. Indian Peak Oil. Carbon Climax. The Road Ahead. Post Carbon Dawn: Cuba Peak Oil
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What is our share of energy in nature?  How should we distribute it?

Sagar Dhara, Cerana Foundation 
Search for a roadmap to a sustainable, equitable and peaceful human society. Paper presented at the Indian Social Science Congress, Aligarh Muslim University, 27-31 December, 2013.
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Personal Carbon & Energy Footprint Calculator
The Personal Carbon & Energy Footprint Calculator© helps you estimate the carbon emissions and energy consumption arising out of your activities. Emission factors (EF) in this calculator are based on Indian data
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Peak Oil Impact: Death of Fossil Fuelled Cities and Birth of Solar Cities of Tomorrow
Sagar Dhara & T. Vijayendra
Cities are energy consumers, not producers. With the fossil fuel era coming to a close within this century, and no viable alternative energy source visible on the horizon, cities as they exist today are unsustainable.
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Gain Maximization For a Few Vs Risk Minimization For All
Sagar Dhara
On the choice that society will have to make to survive this century
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How Much Energy Can We Have?
Sagar Dhara
This article explores the history of energy surplus—its creation and distribution, and attempts to answer the question of how much energy can each one of us have if we were to stay within earth’s capacity to provide energy sustainably and were it distributed equitably.
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Transition Town Movement
Compiled by T Vijayendra
Community-led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy that show the way forward
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Cuba Without ISMS: Road to a fossil fuel free society
T Vijayendra
On how Cuba faced an energy crisis and undertook a radical transformation of their society to overcome it
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Global Warming in the Indian Context: An Introductory Overview
Nagaraj Adve, Delhi Platform
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Local Exchange Systems – Designing Community Incentives
A Discussion on Alternate Economics to Strengthen Local Economy and Facilitate Sustainable Adaptation.
Mihir Mathur & Mithika D’Cruz, Watershed Organization Trust, Pune
The paper positions Localisation and Local Economics as one of the systemic and strategic response mechanisms towards multiple threats of climate change, peak oil (resources) and risks of economic globalization.
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Requiem For Our Times
T. Vijayendra
Like those in his earlier book, The Losers Shall Inherit the World, these articles too were first published in Frontier and deal with current socio-economic-cultural issues of a diverse range of topics. These include, Sanskrit, Hinduism, Bhimsen Joshi, Education Manifesto, Euthanasia, Small States, Population, Cities, Peak Oil and the Politics of Non-Violence. There are also two small articles dealing with the Passion (Christ’s suffering at the Cross) and the concept of Liberation.
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Our Land Our Life
An educational programme for the children of farming communities in India
Nyla Coelho

Our Land, Our Life is the curriculum framework for an educational programme for children with specific emphasis on farming and farm related activities. It’s design provides a hands on approach to learning both academic and farm related topics. The document was prepared by the Organic Farming Association of India, Taleemnet and the Natural Farming Institute with other collaborators to serve the needs of the rural and the farming communities of India. Although the emphasis is on the above, others too, specially home schooling children and alternative schools will find the document useful. The programme is the outcome of a yearlong research based on inputs from pioneer educators, organic farmers and academicians from across the country.
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Tending a Schoolyard Garden
Nyla Coelho
Tending a Schoolyard Garden is a teacher handbook that attempts to plant the idea of growing a edible schoolyard garden in the minds of educators. Written in an easy to follow style with step-by-step instructions and plenty of illustrations, it offers teachers the necessary wherewithal as well as the confidence that this is doable. This book is the outcome of field tests of the Our Land Our Life curriculum (see above). For print copies of Our Land Our Lifeand Tending a Schoolyard Garden, write to: childrenstalim@gmail.com

Facilitator’s Guide to Environmental Sustainability (FGES)
A guide to create awareness among School Children on Environmental Sustainability – created by earth & us
A facilitator’s guide to environmental sustainability for both, experienced and inexperienced facilitators who want to work with children on soil conservation, water conservation and menstrual hygiene. This guide has been used by earth & us interns in rural areas of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura.
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India Energy Index
A comprehensive energy index for India by Ashok Sreenivas and Rakesh K Iyer of Prayas (Energy Group), Pune
A comprehensive energy sector assessment index for an assessment of India’s energy sector, by considering not only energy demand and supply but also the relationship and impacts of the energy sector on society, environment and the economy.
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Workshop Report
Workshop: Is Sustainable Development an Oxymoron? Search for Alternatives
Report on the June 2013 workshop that led to the formation of the Resilience India group. Held at Deccan Trails, Manneguda, near Hyderabad, it was organised by Sagar Dhara and T. Vijayendra of Cerana Foundation, Hyderabad, in association with Indian Youth Climate Network, Hyderabad Urban Labs, Save Our Urban Lakes and National Alliance for People’s Movements. This report, prepared by Sagar Dhara, includes workshop agenda, participants, lectures and practical exercises.
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Some notes on the ecological crisis in India
Shashank Kela (originally published on Kafila.org)
The ecological crisis is a global one, created by a mode of production incubated by capitalism but not restricted to it. Any possible remedy must be global in scale to match the disease. Yet remedies can only evolve in local contexts as groups in different parts of the worldd look for similar solutions to similar problems. In India, a beginning could be made by breaking down interdisciplinary boundaries and establishing a dialogue between ecologists and different groups of citizens.
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High GDP growth centered paradigm and GHG emissions
Shankar Sharma, Power policy analyst
Whereas many conventional economic analysts argue that in order to have adequate human development index the country’s economy has to grow continuously at an appreciable rate, a densely populated and resource constrained society such as ours cannot afford to ignore the implications of high energy / material consumption (which will be a consequence of high growth of the economy). As the table below indicates, whereas the economy will grow by 300% in 36 years at Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4%, it takes only 18 years to grow the economy by 400% at 10% CAGR. In this context it is essential to address the question how much energy / material consumption increase is considered acceptable?
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A Subaltern View of Climate Change
Dunu Roy (originally published in EPW)
Climate change takes place when the carbon cycle is disturbed. One can address this imbalance either by using more effi cient technologies, or by changing the exploitative nature of development. A worldwide analysis shows that it is possible to achieve quality of life indicators at low levels of energy consumption. India’s per capita emissions are three times lower than the world average, but what reduces India’s average is the very low energy use of the bottom seven deciles of the population. Therefore, theoretically, global climate change would be mitigated if everyone on the planet adapted to consume energy at the level of the working Indian.
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Peak Oil Primer: Road to a fossil fuel free society 
By former Energy Bulletin Editor Adam Grubb
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Peak Oil and the Future of Humanity 
By Hans Zandvliet
Conclusive evidence that we are very near, or maybe even past the moment of peak oil.
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Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation and Risk Management
A U.S. Dept. of Energy commissioned study (better known as the Hirsch Report)
According to this report prepared for the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) by Science Applications International Coporation (SAIC), “Waiting until world conventional oil production peaks before implementing crash program mitigation leaves the world with a significant liquid fuel deficit for two decades or longer”.
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Nuclear Energy and Fossil Fuels
The original 1956 paper by M. King Hubbert in which the late U.S. geologist first proposed the concept of Peak Oil.  Hubbert, then working for Shell Oil,  predicted that, for any given geographical area, from an individual oil field to the planet as a whole, the rate of petroleum production of the reserve over time would resemble a bell curve.
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The Last Barrel of Oil
By Ben Ashton Sherwood
With oil consumption at an all-time high, it is of fundamental importance that we know how much oil is left on Earth. This paper addresses the following questions: (1) How much oil is left on Earth? (2) Will we ever run out of oil? (3) Are there sustainable alternatives to oil, and if so what are they?
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Peak Oil, The Rise of China and India, and the Global Energy Crisis
Minqi Li, University of Utah
This article discusses the interactions between the economic rise of China and India and the global energy crisis. Several scenarios that range from the failure of the Chinese and the Indian national development projects to global environmental catastrophes are discussed.
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Ten fundamental principles of net energy
Cutler J. Cleveland, Editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy
Net energy analysis was developed in response to the emergence of energy as an important economic, technological and geopolitical force following the energy price increases of 1973-74 and 1980-81. Interest in net energy analysis was rekindled in recent years following another round of energy price increases, growing concern about energy’s role in climate change, and the debate surrounding the remaining lifetime of conventional fossil fuels.
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Energy transitions past and future
Cutler J. Cleveland, Editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy
At one level, the timing of peak fossil fuel production doesn’t really matter. A more fundamental issue is the magnitude and nature of the energy transition that will eventually occur. The next energy transition undoubtedly will have far reaching impacts just as fire and fossil fuels did. However, the next energy transition will occur under a very different set of conditions, which are the subject of the rest of this discussion
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The Peak Oil Debate
Laurel Graefe, senior economic research analyst at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
This article seeks to bring the peak oil debate into focus. The author provides definitions of frequently used terms, delineating types of reserves and conventional versus nonconventional resources. She also discusses how technological innovations, government policies, and prices influence oil production.
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Revisiting the Limits to Growth After Peak Oil
Charles A. S. Hall and John W. Day, Jr.
In the 1970s a rising world population and the finite resources available to support it were hot topics. Interest faded—but it’s time to take another look
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Life-styles and the Environment: The Case of Energy
Lee Schipper, International Energy Agency
The precise nature of the demands for services that we collectively create increasingly shape environmental change. While the ways we farm, mine, and manufacture surely transform the environment, the end points of economic activity, what we consume, how we actually live – “lifestyles,” in shot – are no less important.
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World Watch Magazine: peak Oil Special issue
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Peak Oil: Time to Change
An article that provides an overview of Peak Oil in Malayalam
By Countercurrents.org
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