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Renewable energy: does it need critically rare materials?

A recent study concludes that the problem of mineral availability for renewable energy technologies is not critical if we choose the right technologies and we are careful to recycle the materials used as much as possible.

The Collapse of Oil Prices and Energy Security in Europe

Eventually, production must go down: there will still be oil that could be, theoretically, extracted, but that we won't be able to afford to extract. This is the essence of the concept of depletion.

Peak oil is here: the view from Barbastro

We are not running out of oil, we are running out of the financial resources needed to extract it. During the past years, the oil industry has spent enormous amounts of money to make an immense effort in developing new resources.

Unleashing the oil weapon against Russia: how to destroy a great empire

Today, Russia's oil production has recovered from the downfall of Soviet times and the Russian economy is highly dependent on oil exports, much like the old USSR was. So, a drop in oil prices could do a lot of damage to Russia.

Peak mileage and the diminishing returns of technology

In the US; people are driving less. Perhaps there are behavioral factors involved, but "peak mileage" suggest that they are doing that because they can't afford to drive more.

Italy: Adapting to Collapse

Tourism is also quickly gaining a new status of fundamental resource in the Italian economy.

The Real Reasons behind the Nuclear Failure and what that means for Renewables

What are the lessons from the failed nuclear energy revolution?

The sower's strategy: how to speed up the sustainable energy transition

In order to survive the double threat of resource depletion and climate change we need to move as quickly as possible to a sustainable society based on renewable resources.

How to destroy a civilization

Mathematical models may be a lot of fun, but when you use them to project the future of our civilization the results may be a bit unpleasant, to say the least.

The Age of Diminishing Returns

A Q&A with Ugo Bardi, author of Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet
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