In this paper a framework for the description of the incumbent collapse of the energivorous way of existing is presented, using the knowledge of science: physics, chemistry, biology. The author criticizes the common loquacious debates based on the dualism Energy – GNP, arguing that such language can only bring to a vicious cycle. A program of research on “virtuous complexity” is indicated.


Solar energy era fossil era metabolism biosphere energy source waste sink complexity 


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Further Reading

  1. Luigi Sertorio, The Transition from Fossil to Solar Energy, preprint 2006, erenda@to.infn.itGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luigi Sertorio
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  1. 1.Dept. Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of TurinItaly

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