Articles

FOCUS: ARCTIC MELTING

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By Dario Ruggiero (February 2013)
 
Preface
 
The Arctic has profound significance for climate and functioning of ecosystems around the globe. But the region is particularly vulnerable to rapid change. Increasing air and ocean temperatures, thawing permafrost, loss of sea ice, and shifts in ecosystems are evidence of widespread and dramatic ongoing change. With Arctic Ice melting, several economic and commercial opportunities, as well as, serious environmental and long term economic threats are emerging.

FOCUS – ALL ABOUT THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (February 2013)
 
Preface
 
Humans absorb resources and produce waste. By doing this, Humans make a sort of pressure on the planet. The Ecological Footprint is the metric that allows us to calculate such human pressure on the planet. When the Global Footprint Network says that humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the sources we use and absorb our waste, it means that we are absorging more sources that Earth can annually regenerate. This measure (1.5) derives from a ratio between the Ecological Footprint (how much hectares each individual consumes), that is 2.7 global hectares (gha), and Earth’s Biocapacity (the capacity of the Earth to regenerate resources, measured also in hectares), that is 1.8 gha. The real problems rise from the fact that, first, the Ecological Footprint is following a rising trend and, second, that it varies abnormally from country to country.

LONG TERM ECONOMY - REPORT 2012

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (February 2012)
 
It is with great pleasure that we are going to introduce the Second edition of the Long term economy’s annual Report. This Report has been updated in its methodology and structure. It provides us every year with an examination of data regarding the fallowing principles:
  • Principle 2 (Earth Protection)
  • Principle 3 (The Good Parent)
  • Principle 4 (Technology and Universe integration).

LONG TERM ECONOMY’S VARIABLES: 2012 OBSERVATORY

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (October, 2012)
 
Preface

The Long Term Economy’s objective is to push countries (by rising global awareness) towards a long term vision based on the Earth preservation, Youth and future generations’ thriving and technological development. For this purpose, we have selected some variables to rank the advanced countries, according to their aptitude for the Long Term Economy basic principles. Every years, in Autumn, we completely update data on these variables in our web-site www.lteconomy.it.

FOOD CRISIS IN SAHEL: Sahel Working Group Report 2011’s main results, and FAO advice

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (November 2012)

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The word Sahel (Desert river) is used to indicate the area between the Sahara desert and the Black Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa). This area is prevalently desert and is encompassed between the Atlantic Ocean and the Horn of Africa. In the common definition, this area includes the following countries: Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Senegal, Sudan and Eritrea.

Sahel’s area has a high rate of desertification; local populations often face food crisis due to frequent dry spells. Both the scarcity of rain and the hand of men (intensive agriculture) contribute to this phenomena. It is possible to stop the desertification process by creating green areas; such interventions, however, require financial and technical means, currently not owned by Sahel countries.