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In the spotlight: The Living Planet Report 2012

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (June 2012)
 
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Jim Leape, in his preface to the “Living Planet Report 2012”, published by WWF in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network and the Living Conservation, that analyzes the state of Earth biodiversity, as well as Human demand of resources, tells in advance one of the main results of this Report: “we are using 50% more resources than those provided by the Earth”.

Column The best and the worst countries - The public and the private debt

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (June 2012)

This is the fourth of a series of articles aimed at analyzing the countries more and less virtuous with regards to a particular theme. The first three editions analyzed Co2 emissions, energy consumption and nuclear plants. In this one we are going to talk about the national debt: countries will be analyzed and ranked in terms of their debts (in particular the public ones).

OIL : ALL ABOUT OIL RESERVES AND THE PEAK-OIL

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (June 2012)
 
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Oil, the natural source that has satisfied human energy needs during all the second industrial revolution, now has become the energy source humans don’t seem able to live without. (according to BP Energy Outlook 2030, in 1990 Oil made up about 39% of total Energy sources, with an estimated decrease to 27.2% in 2030); but, scientific results are not in favor of keeping on this dependence on Oil, as its extraction becomes more and more difficult (and expansive) and, during the process of energy generation, it has a great environmental impact.

About public assets selling in Italy …

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (June 2012)
 
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The short, middle and long term objectives of Italian public assets (Real Estates and financial assets), that Monti’s government and the Bank of Italy are going to prepare, aims at reducing Italian public debt by 20 billion euro by this year and 200 billion euro during the next 5 years; the target is to reach as soon as possible a Gross domestic debt / Gross domestic product ratio of 110 %.

In the spotlight: The improvement of the child mortality rate in Africa

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Written by Dario Ruggiero (June 2012)
 
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Thomas Robert Malthus, an English Mathematician, in his book “An essay of the principle of the population as it affects the future improvement of society”, argued thatthe growth of food would not be able to sustain the increasing population, with the final consequences of a shortage of food and a stop in the economic development. The Malthusianism is a current that supports the control of births in order to avoid the impoverishment of the humankind. Actually, in our opinion, it is not the number of people the real problem, but the impact each person has on the ecosystem where he lives (as we well argue in the conclusions of this paper).