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RESTORING THE PLANET REFORMING CIVILISATION

Vol. 20 No. 4, WINTER (OCTOBER-DECEMBER) 2016
    BIOCHAR AND NATURAL FARMING
According to N Sai Bhaskar Reddy, natural farming mitigates the pace and effects of climate change and biochar has the potential to add value to soils and ecosystems. He reviews various types of biochar and its uses as an organic compost, pesticide, fertiliser, etc and the impact on the land, microorganisms, water tables and ecosystems.
Author: N SAI BHASKAR REDDY NAKKA
    ACCENTING CULTURE IN AGRICULTURE
Traditional Indian civilisation developed an extensive and accurate understanding of the optimal relationship between the environment and human beings. The economy of permanence was promoted in the country much before organic agriculture and environmentally sound practices became internationally recognised methods of protecting and regenerating the land. Come Carpentier De Gourdon highlights some sustainable and appropriate processes and technologies for suggested agricultural policies.
Author: COME CARPENTIER DE GOURDON
    ACCENTING CULTURE IN AGRICULTURE
Ocean fertilisation has been identified as one of the few methods by which catastrophic global warming and ocean acidification may be averted. One proposal involves the novel concept of using buoyant, long-lasting flakes to deliver lacking nutrients to potentially productive surface waters. According to William Sev Clarke, this method could restore oceanic and atmospheric carbon levels to pre-industrial ones, provide time for a managed transition to a low-carbon economy and stimulate global economic development.
Author: WILLIAM SEV CLARKE
    A FRAMEWORK FOR REFORMING INDIA’S FOREST BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT REGIME
S Faizi and M Ravichandran argue for reform of India’s forest biodiversity management regime and offer recommendations in regard to most aspects, with the view of putting the country’s conservation enterprise on a course that is effective, sustainable and inclusive. They also reject the Subramanian Committee report, which is premised on easing corporate access to forests.
Author: S FAIZI AND M RAVICHANDRAN
    THE ARANYA MOVEMENT
A TRYST WITH THE SAVIOURS OF THE SOIL
Sheena Lakshmi KP describes the rural renewal movement led by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives for promoting ecological practices, organic farming, sustainable development and traditional healthcare in villages in India. These communities focus on preserving native farming practises and knowledge and women are at the forefront, leading by example.
Author: Sheena Lakshmi KP
    COLD FUSION
AN IMPOSSIBLE INVENTION
Mats Lewan summarises the present situation of emerging cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction systems which could provide an allegedly inexhaustible and non-polluting source of power and heat through a decentralised low cost process.
Author: Mats Lewan
    THE MAHANADI MULTIPURPOSE RIVER VALLEY DEVELOPMENT PLAN IN INDIA
A PROJECT OF DECOLONISATION AND NATIONALISM
Although India is among the top five dam building countries in the world, its dams have not performed as per their objectives and the adverse impact of involuntary displacement has been immense. Moreover according to some independent studies multipurpose river valley development plans are inextricably linked to the political economy of decolonisation and nationalism. According to Arun Kumar Nayak, a study of the execution of the Mahanadi River project clearly shows this connection.
Author: Arun Kumar Nayak
    ANTHROPOGENIC IMPACT: CAUSE, EFFECT AND CURE
Human disruption of ecological balances has resulted in a reduction of the living biomass of the planet. Bru Pearce, Nick Breeze and H David Tattershall lay out a Global Environment Restoration Project for re-growing 15 per cent of the Earth’s original biomass to absorb the carbon produced by industrial activity.
Author: Bru Pearce, Nick Breeze and H David Tattershall
    THE EMDRIVE
A DISRUPTIVE PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY
The EmDrive engine is a new class of electrical machine which converts electricity directly into thrust without requiring reaction mass. This has been experimentally tested and verified in various countries. As per Roger Shawyer, although powerful vested interests may try to delay or block the dissemination of this technology, developing countries should have an advantage, as they are controlled less by oligopolistic financial and technological multinational corporations.
Author: Roger Shawyer
    PEACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Will peace prevail in the twenty-? rst century? Will the forces of globalisation, innovation and technology usher in better living conditions for people and strengthen the forces of compassion and empathy in the coming decades of the century?
Author: Balmiki Prasad Singh