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 "www.cassandralegacy.blogspot.com"

Recent Articles

The peak oil theater

In classical antiquity, theatrical performances such as the "Atellana" farce were based on standardized plots and stock characters, identified by the masks they wore on stage. It was not so different than our present TV soaps and a good example…

The Oil Crash: it is happening now!

James Schlesinger said once that humans have only two modes of operation: complacency and panic. This bimodal kind of functioning seems to be applied also to the oil market, where everything is judged on the base of a simple binary…

Post-peak Italy: the decline continues

Oil consumption in Italy in million tons. From "MondoElettrico"Italy's free fall continues. The most recent data indicate that oil consumption keeps going down. Oil and gas together have peaked around 2004 and continue the downward trend, as shown in the…

The oil drama

Oil prices: data up to Oct 06 from EIA, updated to Oct 15 according to www.oil-price.net/. Are we going to see a repeat of the 2008 oil price collapse? It is still too early to tell, but, clearly, something is moving…

A Spaceship called Eschatology

This article appeared on "Virgin.com" on Aug 12, 2014. Image from NASA “Eschatology” is a Greek word meaning “the science of the end.” In ancient times, it used to be popular with theologians, but today it seems to have picked…

UFO: a knowledge problem

For those of us who have lived the whole cycle of the UFO phenomenon, I highly recommend "The UFO phenomenon" a book by John Greer, "The Archdruid". The book is also summarized in a post of his. Greer is a…

Italy: overshooting the bear

A poster in favor of the bear named Daniza, under threat of capture or suppression in Italy. It says "Leave alone Daniza and her cubs, otherwise I'll never come back to Trentino" (Trentino is the Northern region of Italy where…

Steam trains will never replace horses

Don't you have this feeling that it is becoming more and more queer to keep repeating the same old, stale sentence, "Renewable energy will never be able to replace fossil fuels"?From The TelegraphGlobal solar dominance in sight as science trumps…