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Farewell, Mr. Spock!

You showed us a future where science was respected by everyone, where logic was not in contrast with morality, and where diversity was not only accepted, but praised.

A Clash of Epistemologies: Why the Debate on Climate Change is Going Nowhere

A few weeks ago, someone barreled into the comment section of a post on climate change on the blog of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI) with a series of attacks against climate science and climate scientists.

How Technological Progress can Generate a Faster Collapse

The collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery industry gives us a good example of the abrupt collapse in the production of resources - even resources which are theoretically renewable.

Fossil Fuels: Are we on the Edge of the Seneca Cliff?

It is a well known tenet of people working in system dynamics that there exist plenty of cases of solutions worsening the problem.

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.