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

Farewell, Mr. Spock!

Samantha Cristoforetti, presently orbiting around the earth, pays homage to Leonard Nimoy and to his Spock character by making the "Live Long and Prosper" sign with her handThank you, Leonard Nimoy, for the character of First Officer Spock that you…

Peak Movies

Roger Ebert at the Doomstead Diner has published a post inspired by a previous post of mine on the decadence of literature in the Western Civilization. I thought I could reproduce the beginning of it, here. Peak Movies: 1968 Filmography Published…

Overshoot

The many comments appearing all over the Web for the death of William Catton , the author of "Oversoot", show how deep the impact of this book was on many of us. "Overshoot" was part of that wave of books and…

Sandeels: another Seneca cliff

Image from http://www.climateandfish.eu/default.asp?ZNT=S0T1O-1P192Once you start looking for "Seneca Cliffs" in the exploitation of natural resources, you find them all over the scientific literature. This is my latest find of a production curve where decline is much more rapid than growth:…

Lost Dreams

Marcus Kracht alerted me of this recent post of his after he had read my post with a similar title, "Where have our dreams gone?". So, I am publishing it here with his kind permissionThe bear went over the mountain,The…

Seven shocking events of 2014

The killing of the female bear known as Daniza, in Italy, has been the paradigmatic event of a disastrous year of senseless violence against humans and non-humans alike (image above by Helga Marsala). Being involved with peak oil studies should…

Killing the bear – killing hope

"The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily" is a story for children written by the Italian poet and novelist Dino Buzzati. It tells of how the bears came down from their mountains, defeated humans, and took over the government to create…

First, thou shalt not scare them

Watch the clip on youtubeA fundamental tenet of scientists and climate concerned people is that "you must not scare people about the climate threat". Sure: we all know that. It is reasonable, it makes sense, it is even obvious: if…