INTERVIEW WITH Ugo Bardi
(Chemistry professor at "University of Florence;" member and Past-President of the "Association for the Study of the Peak Oil in Italy - ASPO Italia," http://www.aspoitalia.it/)
In 1956 Prof. Hubbert in United States published an article arguing that any fuel-field production have a Gauss form with three main phases: rapid growth, peak, decline. Then, Hubbert estimated Oil production in United States (with the “peak” expected and happened in 1970.). The presence of a cap in the annual world Oil production, with a following decrease, has important consequences on the Economy (now strongly Oil driven): at a certain point, Oil supply has difficulty in facing the growing Oil demand, so Energy costs rise and with it also that of goods; life become more expansive and unsustainable. How post-Oil epoch will be? How can we act in order to become less dependent from this fuel source? Ugo Bardi, Chemistry professor at University of Florence and ASPO – Association for the Study of Peak Oil – Italia’s past president, will answer to our questions.
INTERVIEW WITH David Goulson
("University of Stirling," Professor of Biological Sciences) on the consequences of the bees’s “colony collapse disorder”)
“IN THE winter of 2006 beekeepers in America noticed something odd—lots of their hives were dying for no obvious reason. As the months passed, reports of similar phenomena began coming in from their European counterparts. Mystified scientists coined the label “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) to describe what was happening…Two papers published in Science lend weight to this idea. The first, from a group led by Penelope Whitehorn and David Goulson of the University of Stirling, in Britain, examined the effects these insecticides have on bumblebees, which are closely related to honeybees.”
(From the Economist: http://www.economist.com/node/21551451)
We had an interview with David Goulson in order to have his opinion about how much the problem is serious and what would be the consequences if the use of pesticides in agriculture continues.
INTERVIEW WITH Cristiano Bottone
("Transition Town Italy," Coordinator; Monteveglio - Transition city - http://transitionitalia.wordpress.com)
Since 2006 (Totnes – United Kigdom) a movement called Transition cities has been growing. Thanks to local initiatives, it is developing a new lifestyle aiming at reaching more (and even absolute) resilience from the “Oil peak” and producing a lower impact on “climate change”. Cristiano Bottone, one of the facilitators of the movement in Italy, answered to our questions about this matter.
INTERVIEW WITH Giovanni Parrotta
(Author of the book "MEGLIO MORTO CHE PRECARIO")
Precariousness is the term used to define those workers who have no stable position in the Labor Market; they are in a weak position and suffer from very bad economic conditions. These workers are often young. Because of that, they are not able to buy an house and set a family. What are the causes an consequences of precariousness in Italy and what are th solutions? We had an interview with Giovanni Parrotta, young Italian novellist, who explained us the problem behind this henomenon.