Ugo Bardi

Ugo Bardi teaches physical chemistry at the University of Florence, Italy. He writes on sustainability, peak oil, climate change, resource depletion and other subjects related to sustainability on his blog ""

Recent Articles

The Sower’s Way: some comments

Image: sower by Vincent Van GoghThe publication of the paper "The Sower's way: Quantifying the Narrowing Net-Energy Pathways to a Global Energy Transition" by Sgouridis, Csala, and Bardi, has generated some debate on the "Cassandra's Legacy" blog. In the paper,…
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The day when the oil wars started

The title of this video can be translated as "Deconstructing Energy." It was prepared by UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) in occasion of the international conference on peak oil held in Barbastro in 2014.The video is mostly in…
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Equality and Sustainability: can we have both?

Guest post by Diego MantillaRecently, in this blog, Jacopo Simonetta raised a very important question: Would a fairer distribution of income worldwide diminish the damage humans are doing to the earth? His answer, that it would not and would actually make…
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Brexit: a subversive in Brussels

The man from Gazprom: Ugo Bardi's speech at the hearing "EU Energy Security Strategy under the conditions of the Internal Energy Market" at the European Parliament, in Brussels, on Nov 5, 2014. I already described this experience of mine at the…
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Brexit: the fall of the Babel Tower

The Babel Tower: the European Parliament in Strasbourg.(adapted from a story told by Wouter Diederen)King of Babel: Minister, faithful minister, speak to me! I hear that there is unrest at the great tower that my workers are building. I hear…
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Chuck Norris and the Brexit

Maybe we can take the Brexit with a grain of humor.Chuck Norris does not vote at referendums. He is voted. And the result is always "yes" for him.Chuck Norris is the only one who is allowed to vote "maybe" at…
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Brexit: requiem for a dream

For many years, I had thought that a united Europe was a great idea. An institution created by wise men who had wanted to avoid repeating the horrible mistakes that had led Europeans to massacre each other in two terrible…
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Social Equality and the Destruction of the Planet

In this post, Jacopo Simonetta asks a fundamental (and politically incorrect) question: are we sure that social equality would be good for the environment? The answer turns out to be not politically very correct. (U.B.)by Jacopo SimonettaExaggerated inequality is surely…
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The Seneca Cliff of Oil Production

The concept of the "Seneca Cliff" seems to have gone mainstream. Below, it is mentioned in a recent post by Dennis Coyne on "peakoilbarrell" as an obvious concept. Just as when you say "Gaussian Curve", you don't have to specify what shape the…
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