The shape of post carbon society and the hazy road to get there
A conference on Climate Change will be held at HCU in the first week of February. Email Sagar Dhara at email@example.com for details.
Amid Global Turmoil, Oil Prices Surprisingly Stable
From Forbes Magazine
The world has entered a zone of maximum upheaval. From the Atlas Mountains of North Africa to the Hindu Kush, in Afghanistan, the Middle East is in flames. The destruction of a Malaysian airline over Ukraine, almost certainly shot down by Russian-backed separatist rebels, threatens war in the Black Sea region. At no time since the terror attacks of 2001 has the world seen such conflict and instability. So why aren’t oil prices higher?
ISIS creates an oil shock, but why?
By Tobias Vanderbruck, Oil-price.net
Followers of international politics were mostly taken by surprise early this month, when a hitherto unreported rebellion in Iraq suddenly threatened to shake the worlds oil markets. Throughout the year, the newspapers of the Western world were focused on Syria, then the Ukraine. No one seemed to have their eye on Iraq. Where did these Iraqi rebels, called ISIS, come from? The truth is, they are the latest tool in the foreign policy of a hidden puppet master Saudi Arabia.
Rigged: Who is undermining India’s national oil company?
From The Caravan
An extensively researched report on the ailing ONGC and how the Central government and private players have colluded to bring it to this state.
While the sun shines
From Government of India Monitor
Solar power has emerged as the best off-grid energy option but why is it still all talk and no substance?
Who will sow those seeds? (Video)
From Government of India Monitor
Over 15 million farmers left agriculture between 1991-2011 due to rising input costs and little profit. Food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma talks about the current model of development which is pushing farmers to low-paying daily wage jobs in cities.
Environmental impact appraisal Study of NTTPS
From The Hindu
Questions are raised on the Energy department’s plans for expanding Dr. Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) notwithstanding the environmental clearances secured for the project. An environmental impact assessment study led by Sagar Dhara of Hyderabad-based Cerana Foundation (and founder member of Peak oil India) recommended scrapping of the plans considering “the injury to the environment and people” by the existing power station.
Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon?
While a carbon price is every economists favorite climate plan, real-world political constraints get in the way (just ask Australia!)
In a new paper in Energy Policy, I examine a variety of political economy constraints that limit the environmental efficacy and economic efficiency of real-world carbon pricing policies.
Water Resources Fact Sheet
From Earth Policy Institute
Water scarcity may be the most underrated resource issue the world is facing today.
One-day workshop: Charting a course towards a sustainable, equitable and peaceful society
Venue: Cerana Foundation, Hyderabad
Day: Sunday, 13 July, 2014
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
About the workshop: We face one tilting pointenvironmental degradation and two tipping pointsclimate change and peak oil. Environmental degradation has already ruined the lives of many people in India and elsewhere. Climate change and peak oil have the potential to collapse our civilization. Yet, scant attention is being paid to address these issues.
The task of navigating a course through these issues has been thrust on future generations. And whether they like it or not, they will have to deal with the issues of resource wars, sustainability, equity and conflict, which are intimately related to the tipping and tilting points. This workshop attempts to help the participants to understand these issues through presentations, practical exercises and discussion.
Cerana Foundation recently hosted “Civilizational Collapses Causes & Consequences”, a talk by Vidyadhar Gadgil on Saturday, 15 March, 2014. This is part of a dialogue they have been having on questions related to Peak Oil, (un)sustainable development and the future of human society. Gadgil is a graduate of TISS, Mumbai, and has worked as a journalist and university teacher.
Synopsis: We are in the era of Peak oil. Reduction of global energy could well cause a financial meltdown leading to a civilizational collapse. Such collapses have happened in the past but were confined to one civilization. In the globalized world that we are today, an energy shrink could well result in the collapse of entire human society as we know it today. The consequences of such a collapse may lead to a mass hunger and disease, a drastic reduction in human population, lawlessness, etc. What can we learn from civilizational collapses that have occurred in the past that can help us avert the most serious consequences of such a collapse if one were to occur now.
Download a PowerPoint slideshow covering important points of the talk.
Cerana Foundation, Hyderabad recently hosted a talk on the topic Amartya Sen and Ecological Economics, delivered by Mark Lindley, academic and author. To view a video recording of the talk, click below.
Synopsis: Distinctive features of main three phases of 20th-century economic theory were: (1) positing two basic factors of production (labour, capital), (2) positing an additional, culture-dependent factor leveraging the productivity of labour (Robert Solow’s work and Amartya’s pertain to this phase), and (3) taking account also of environmental factors. From an examination of statements made by Amartya (in 1962, 1984, 1994 (where a strong influence from Solow is apparent), 2006, 2009 and 2013, I find a combination of reasons why he slighted ecological economics: he wanted to take for granted that, as Keynes had put it in 1929, the future would offer “far more wealth and possibilities of personal life than the past has ever offered”, and was unwilling to risk unpopularity by proposing that the affluent moderate their rates of per-capita consumption; because of his concern about relieving current poverty, he was afraid that to dwell upon concerns in behalf of the unborn would aggravate the exclusive concern of the affluent for their own progeny; he wanted to avoid dealing in detail with uncertainties; and so he hoped that macro-ecological problems wouldn’t be as bad as predicted.”
About Mark Lindley: Was born and raised in Washington DC and has taught at universities in the US (including Columbia U. in New York), Western Europe (including Oxford, the U. of London and the U. of Regensburg), India (U. of Kerala), China (the Chinese U. of Hong Kong) and Turkey. His publications include J.C. Kumarappa: Mahatma Gandhi’s Economist (Popular Prakashan, 2007), “The Strange Case of Dr. Hayek and Mr. Hayek” (Journal of Social and Political Studies, U. of Allahabad, 2012), “Modern Economics as a Would-Be Science” (Artha Vijnana, the journal of the Gokhale Institute, 2013), and “Ecologically Dangerous Patriotism” (forthcoming). He has been invited to occupy, this year, a University Chair at the U. of Hyderabad.