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The Age of Diminishing Returns

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

Why the elites are so ruthless that they destroy themselves

The recent announcement of a paper by Motessharrry, Rivas and Kalnay (MRK) on the collapse of complex societies has generated much debate, especially with the publication of an enthusiastic comment by Nafeez Ahmed who defined it a "NASA-funded" study.

Power is nothing without control: how to lose an empire

Power is nothing without control. And, usually, control seems to run out before power.

Post peak countries: the collapse of Yemen

When I saw for the first time the data about oil production in Yemen, I was so impressed that I wanted to know more.

Gold and the beast: a brief history of the Roman conquest of Dacia

The beast of prey that, today, we call "Globalization" is facing the same problem that the old Roman Empire was facing in its times...

Italy's slow collapse: how declining energy consumption affects GdP

The economy of Italy seem to be declining as a consequence of the increasing cost (or - equivalently - declining energy returns, EROEI) of primary energy sources, mainly natural gas and crude oil.

The other side of the peak: Italy's collapse of oil and gas consumption

Italy' peak oil has arrived: we are back to 1967 in terms of oil consumption.

The Grand Challenge of the Energy Transition

How are we going to meet the challenge of functioning without fossil fuels?

Turning electricity into food

You know that when energy in agriculture is discussed, the paradigm is energy production in the form of biofuels. But the idea of biofuels manufactured from agricultural products is monumentally wrong.

Plundering the planet: a report to the Club of Rome

We have been acting with mineral resources as if we were pirates looting a captured galleon: grabbing everything we can, as fast as we can. It it is the subject of a book that is the result of a research program sponsored by the Club of Rome and that has involved me and 16 co-authors.
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