Tag: peak oil

  • Bollire una società

    Bollire una società

    Here is how to boil a frog. Place the frog in a pan of tepid water. Raise the temperature so gradually that the frog does not realize it is being cooked. It may even fall into a stupor, as a person might in a hot bath. Eventually it will die. According to experiments done in…

  • Estetica post-picco

    But what will the human-made world look like a few decades beyond Peak Oil? Will we see a fulfillment of the Arts and Crafts ideal? It would be nice to think so. However, the world in which Morris and his colleagues lived and worked — including the cultural symbols, the skills, even in some cases…

  • Attrezzi

    La cassetta degli attrezzi dell’economista è stata progettata proprio nella fase ascendente della disponibilità abbondante di energia fossile, caso unico nella storia dell’uomo, e oggi non si rivela più adeguata a gestire la fase di scarsità. (Luca Mercalli, Prepariamoci, 2011)

  • Moralità

    I said, “I can name for you something that is good, no matter what stories we tell ourselves.” “And it is…” I held up my glass. “Drinkable quantities of clean water.” “I don’t understand.” “Drinkable quantities of clean water are unqualifiedly a good thing, no matter the stories we tell ourselves.” She got it. She…

  • Almeno ci avremo provato

    Almeno ci avremo provato

    Venerdì prossimo, a partire da alcune proiezioni (in Creative Commons *) cercherò di introdurre i problemi del picco energetico e dei cambiamenti climatici e di stimolare la discussione. Maggiori informazioni qui. * Tra le altre cose, alcuni talk provenienti da TED e già pubblicati qui. Ma vederli o rivederli in compagnia fa un altro effetto,…

  • Tempismo

    Nel novembre 2005 iniziai a seguire, fin dalla sua apertura, il blog Petrolio di Debora Billi. Fu il mio primo contatto in assoluto con il tema del picco delle risorse energetiche e minerali. A partire dai suoi post, cominciai a documentarmi, fino a sfruttare l’occasione irripetibile di avere quasi sotto casa il V congresso mondiale…

  • I limiti dell’ingegno

    Historical evidence would indicate that very few key inventions have been made by men who had to spend all their energy overcoming the immediate pressures of survival. Atomic energy was discovered in the laboratories of basic science by individuals unaware of any threat of fossil fuel depletion. The first genetic experiments, which led a hundred…

  • Dan Barber e una domanda mal posta

    And when you suggest these are the things that will insure the future of good food, someone somewhere stands up and says, “Hey guy, I love pink flamingos, but how are you going to feed the world? How are you going to feed the world?” Can I be honest? I don’t love that question. No,…

  • Ri(n)voluzioni

    From 1970 to 1990 the total number of hungry people fell by 16 percent, a decrease typically credited to the green revolution. However, the largest drop occurred in communist China, beyond the reach of the green revolution. The number of hungry Chinese fell by more than 50 percent, from more than 400 million to under…

  • Non durerà per sempre

    You see, professor, I think you were right with your lesson. Yeah, you told us that things are not going to be so easy as they used to be. Right, we saw that, too. It is what’s happening. You know, I remember when we came here from Yugoslavia. I was a child; I was 10…