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Why Johnny can't understand climate: functional illiteracy and the rise of "unpropaganda"

Unpropaganda aims at stopping a message from propagating by presenting a lot of contrasting information to a public unable to fully evaluate it.

Happy August 15th (and a little rant about politics)

Italy continues to operate in "political Alzheimer." The patient continues to repeat the same things over and over, without reacting to external stimuli. We vaguely remember that, in the past, there was a good time in which the economy was growing and there follows that there is nothing else and nothing more than pursuing growth to fix all the problems.

Cecil the lion: understanding the secret of a supermeme (and its relevance to climate change communication)

"Cecil the lion" is having so much success because it has the three basic characteristics that make a meme a supermeme. These are 1) Be simple, 2) Have a villain, 3) Be reassuring. From these considerations, we can probably understand why it is so difficult to create effective climate memes that carry the right message: climate science is not simple, the villain is us, and the …

Gleaning: an Ancient Custom that May Return in the Future

Gleaning is an ancient tradition, deeply embedded in the agricultural world.

Wicked problems and wicked solutions: the case of the world's food supply

I am back from two days of full immersion in a meeting on something rather new for me: the world's food supply. I am still reeling from the impact. Whenever you go in some depth into anything; you see how immensely more complex things are in comparison to the pale shadow of the world that you perceive in the glittering screen of your TV. Everything is complex, and everything complex becomes …

Long live Italy! Can the "sun country" reach one million photovoltaic plants?

Despite the unabated economic disaster, despite unemployment, bureaucracy, overtaxation, bad government, corruption, mafia, and all the rest, Italians are reacting at least in one field: in renewable energy, especially photovoltaic energy.

Greece: the bad apple of the bunch?

If the "Limits to Growth" model describes the present situation, then the Greek decline is not a direct consequence of problems with the Euro or with wrong policies of the Greek government.

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial collapse?

But, could it be that all the financial circus that we are seeing dancing in and around Greece be just the effect of much deeper causes?

The Great Oil Game: Resource Crisis in Russia?

Complex structures, such as states and empires, are always prone to collapse and they usually give little or no previous warnings.

Saudi Arabia: The great oil game

 With the recent increase in Saudi production, it is clear that they have something in mind.
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