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

Seneca and Medea

Sara Falsini (left) and Ilaria Perissi (right), researchers from Italy, illustrate their results at the MEDEAS project meeting in Brno, Czekia, on Feb 15-16 2017I try to put up a post every week on this blog, but this week I…
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Trump: the Defeat of Science

Minutes after Donald Trump took office as President, the page on climate change of the website of the White House disappeared. This may be just a result of some internal protocol, but also the first stage of a coming "purge"…
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Amelie the Amoeba: How Things Grow

This academic year, I gave a lesson on the growth mechanism of complex systems. It is a fascinating subject that can be applied to several fields, from biology to economics. Since the students I was talking to were not specializing…
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Photovoltaics: cultural rape?

Those of you who can read French may be interested in this rant by Nicolas Casaux athttp://partage-le.com/…/le-desastre-ecologique-renouvelabl…/Apparently, the government of New Zealand financed a large PV installation in the Tokelau island, somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The…
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The Peak Oil Election

The peak for conventional crude production arrived between 2008 and 2011. It seems that we passed the peak for "all liquids" in 2015, even though it will take some more time to be sure that an irreversible decline trend has…
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Jay Forrester: the man who saw the future

Jay Wright Forrester (1918-2016) may have been the source of inspiration for Hari Seldon, a fictional character in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. In Asimov's novels, Seldon develops "pyschohistoric equations" that allow him to predict the impending collapse of the Galactic…
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Trump, Berlusconi, and the Blob

This post was published nearly one year ago on Cassandra's Legacy, on Dec 11, 2015. It didn't prophesize the election of Donald Trump, but it outlined the main elements that made his election possible. (UB)For about twenty years, Mr. Silvio…
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Which Roman Emperor Would Donald Trump Be?

Comparing Donald Trump to Emperor Hadrian (76 – 138 CE) may seem ludicrous after that Marguerite Yourcenar presented Hadrian to us as a wise and enlightened emperor in her book "Memoirs of Hadrian". Yet, Hadrian found himself facing problems similar to…
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