The heritage of 20th century science for the 21st century: A list and an invitation
Some of the most celebrated scientific ideas and books of the 20th century may not be useful for us in this century, while lesser-known works of the past acquire new relevance. Here, then, is a selection of such works, along with an invitation for readers to critique and contribute their own suggestions to this list….
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Gujarat-based Amul kick-started the milk revolution in India
How Indians started drinking milk (and what it has cost us)
Many people think that milk is normal good food. But a large part of the world until recently never consumed the milk of other animals. Even today, Eastern Asia as a rule does not use milk. So, for some, milk is the greatest food, while for others, milk is one of the five white poisons….
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File pic of a cycle ride organised by Hyderabad Bicycling Club
Ecologise Hyderabad celebrates 200 years of the bicycle
Cycle enthusiasts from across the city of Hyderabad gathered on January 29, 2017, to celebrate the bicentenary of the invention of the bicycle. The event was organised by Ecologise and included a film screening and a talk by T. Vijayendra, a founding member of Ecologise Hyderabad, on the relevance of the bicentennial year of bicycle….
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Peak Oil returns to haunt the global economy
It is a peculiar combination of technological, economic and geopolitical factors that has led to the present crash in oil prices, lulling many observers into dismissing peak oil. Through it all, the fact remains that the production of ‘conventional oil’, drawn mostly from established oil wells, has not gone up since its peak in 2008….
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Ecologise Hyderabad: Workshops for Sustainability and Equality
Some of us have recently created a small group called ‘Ecologise Hyderabad’. The aim of the group is to look at the many ecological crises of the city holistically, interact with experts and social activist and run programmes to strengthen the efforts of the activists in running green programmes in different localities of the city….
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Peak Oil (Or why city slickers should learn to get their hands dirty)
Peak Oil, Food Security and Urban Agriculture T. Vijayendra Abstract Peak Oil refers to the point when oil production reaches a peak, and henceforth can only fall. This has already happened. This has enormous implications for food security. It raises cost and prices of food because farm inputs – primarily fertilisers and pesticides – are petroleum…
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T. Vijayendra: Post Carbon Society And Transition
The Industrial Society or the Carbon Society The present social system that we are living is called Industrial Society. It began with the Industrial Revolution (1760 -1830) in the West and was followed by social revolution in various countries – Holland, France, England and the USA, ending the age old feudal society and ushering in…
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Negative entropy and sustainability
When we talk of sustainability, we often hear terms like eco-friendly technologies, appropriate technologies etc. To this, critics often say that we’re talking of going back to nature, we are being primitive, unscientific and that this is not possible. This article tries to provide a logic for eco-friendly, appropriate technologies using human and animal power….
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T. Vijayendra: You Too Brutus!
Why climate scientist James Hansen’s exhortation to embrace nuclear power is just wishful thinking T. Vijayendra Climatologist James Hansen is the former head of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and one of the world’s leading advocates of the dangers of climate change. Last year, he joined senior scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of…
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Old Age and Peak Oil
By T. Vijayendra, POI Founder-Member “Old age is a tiredness that does not disappear the next morning, as we ingenuously expected upon going to bed”. – Baldomero Fernández Moreno, Argentinean poet OLD AGE People above sixty years are considered old or senior citizens. It is the percentage of old people in the total population that is…
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Population: A Heretical View
T. Vijayendra argues that today’s population explosion is essentially a product of cheap oil, and that the end of oil means we will be forced to consider a new approach to population which many would find unpalatable now – but would ultimately help humans strike a balance between population and resource consumption The twentieth century was…
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Letter: One Year of Peak Oil India
T. Vijayendra, a Founder-Member of POI, writes to the group reminiscing on its formation and offering pointers towards the future It is just about a year since the informal group called Peak Oil India was formed (on June 7, 2013) and we decided to have a website. The website has been active for quite some…
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Peak Nuclear Energy May Be Behind Us
In the context of Peak Oil and the general depletion of fossil fuels, we often hear about Nuclear Energy as an option. However, if we look at the empirical data, we will soon discover that it’s not – even if we discount all the dangers associated with Nuclear Energy programme, such as waste disposal problems…
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Cheap Oil, Peak Oil and Kitchen Gardens
By T. Vijayendra A pamphlet on World Kitchen Garden Day (August 25)! The idea of kitchen garden is becoming popular because of: • awareness on growing healthy food • rise in vegetable prices But why have prices risen?
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Peak oil and wildlife
By T. Vjayendra and Shashank Srinivasan ABSTRACT Wildlife across the world is endangered due to habitat loss caused as a by-product of modern human society in the past 200 years. Most attempts at conservation have been unsuccessful in the face of the consumerist juggernaut because they are being carried out without questioning industrial society or…
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Peak Oil, dying cities and cities of tomorrow
By T. Vijayendra Peak oil means when the production of petroleum products has reached a peak and hence forth it will only fall. This has already happened. It heralds the collapse of industrial societies. Cities are energy consumers, not producers. With the fossil fuel era coming to a close, and no viable alternative energy source…
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