Archive for the month “October, 2013”

Book launch: Actor Aamir Khan releases The Third Curve

third curve

The Third Curve, a new book by Peak Oil India group member Mansoor Khan is just out. More info on the book, the author and event schedule can be found at: www.mansoorkhan.net. To watch a video of a TEDx Talk by Mansoor, click here 

Press release
October 2013: Actor Aamir Khan, hosted the launch of his cousin, Mansoor Khan’s book, The Third Curve The End of Growth As We Know It, at The India International Centre, New Delhi.

The event was attended by several dignitaries holding prominent and respectable positions in the Government of India, academic luminaries, as well as business personalities across various industries. They were keen to understand Mansoor’s paradigm shifting claim that economic growth is not just in trouble for the moment but over for good. Read more…

News update: 15 October, 2013

A collection of Peak Oil related news from around the world Read more…

Fire & Accounting

(Deeply inspired by Charles Eisensteins books The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics)

By Mansoor Khan

Today’s reality is governed by the laws of economics and accounting has therefore become a key discipline in developing and maintaining our modern industrial world. Balance sheets, ledgers, costs and sales all lead to the final profit and loss statement that is supposed to tell us whether an enterprise was worthwhile or not. We constantly need to make sure that we have accounted for all input costs and that their sum is less than the output price. Or else we would have to use some of our savings to run the show. And spending your capital is a taboo in economics. So accounting has a responsibility towards the very survival of the enterprise. Let us see how accounting has fared through history.  Read more…

Fire Accounting

(Deeply inspired by Charles Eisensteins books The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics)

By Mansoor Khan

Today’s reality is governed by the laws of economics and accounting has therefore become a key discipline in developing and maintaining our modern industrial world. Balance sheets, ledgers, costs and sales all lead to the final profit and loss statement that is supposed to tell us whether an enterprise was worthwhile or not. We constantly need to make sure that we have accounted for all input costs and that their sum is less than the output price. Or else we would have to use some of our savings to run the show. And spending your capital is a taboo in economics. So accounting has a responsibility towards the very survival of the enterprise. Let us see how accounting has fared through history.  Read more…

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? Read more…

Energy Myths: Challenging Paradigms

By Mihir Mathur, Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune

Summary: Depleting fossil fuels, Peak oil and other social and market forces pose a serious threat to energy security. This energy crisis would be felt by all the sectors of an economy as well as the society. Intellectually, we may be aware of issues like ‘peak oil’ or the energy crises, but our world view is often distorted by the myths in which we live, be it cultural, economic or personal. This article throws light some of these ‘Energy Myths’ that act as a step back to approach a sustainable energy future.

Introduction:
We live in a world where cause and effect are separated over time and space. It is not easy to comprehend the nature of felt effects against its causes. Continuous exposure to series of effects, with its causes hidden behind deep structures, get construed as beliefs and then transformed into myths. This paper is an effort to demystify some of the energy myths which have a similar line of history and ignorance to which could be detrimental towards world energy future. Read more…

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 its attitude towards nature, which is to conquer and exploit it. Peak Oil implies that the production of petroleum products has reached a peak and will decline in the immediate future. It endangers the very material basis of industrial societies that of concentrated energy and heralds the end of industrial society. While this creates the possibility of saving wildlife by reducing habitat loss, it will depend on how societies respond to peak oil. In societies which do not wish to reduce energy consumption or ensure equitable distribution of energy, wildlife may become further endangered. In societies where a modern socialist agenda (i.e. to reduce consumption with equitable distribution) exists, such as in Cuba, wildlife may gain by default. However wildlife will flourish only in those societies where there is an inner change, a change in attitude towards nature itself. Transition towns, ecological villages and small groups of people practising organic farming hold this promise. Read more…

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 visible on the horizon, cities as they exist today are unsustainable and dying. Their future depends on whether they can reinvent themselves radicallyreduce their energy consumption drastically to come closer to that of their hinterlands, and distribute energy equitably to all their residents. Cuba and transition towns in North nations have already begun to go down this road. Many similar initiatives are occurring in urban India also.

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Traffic in the era of climate change

Senior Indian journalist Vidyadhar Date’s book Traffic In the Era of Climate Change was released in 2012.Given Date’s incisive work as a journalist, the book will be a major milestone in the debate on formulation of urban policy and the regulating the use and abuse of personal vehicles.
Introducing the book on his Facebook post, Date writes, “I am glad to inform you that my book on the inequality and injustice in India’s transport system has just been published. It questions the automobile-dominated pattern of transport planning and urban development. It calls for a humane, people-friendly, environment-friendly shift in favour of public transport.”

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