Running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours.

This will test my ability to run on tired legs and with little sleep, over two days and two nights. And also my ability to plan ahead, pace myself to minimise damage, address nutrition and hydration incrementally during the two days so I get enough energy, water and electrolytes, but I can still run without problems and I don’t create issues to my stomach and digestion.

All useful tests in preparation for a big ultra run in July.

For this event I’m fundraising for Misericordia — we are helping them buy necessary health kit like wheelchairs:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/raccolta-fondi-per-acquisto-ausili

It’s Friday 14 May 2021. It’s past 9am in London and everything is ready to start, in less than 1 hour.

Raring to go

I prepared all…


“Do the right thing, reduce your carbon footprint… Think of the world we’ll be leaving behind for Willie Nelson and Keith Richards.” Anonymous

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In the previous episodes

We have learned that there is nothing straightforward in the energy transformation towards net zero carbon emissions, and this is why we will need unprecedented commitment and collaboration in the international community to achieve success. Our challenges include:

  • Reducing emissions while increasing energy production, to support population growth and reducing poverty, especially in Asia and Africa.
  • Producing more and more clean and renewable energy from solar and wind…


I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable. Jules Verne, “The mysterious island”, 1875

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The ingredients of our net zero recipe include a large dose of clean and renewable energies: the traditional hydropower and geothermal, and more and more solar and wind power, which will be the dominating force of this decade, given their broad applicability, and their reducing…


“The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light” Plato

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Energy consumption has been growing at an incredible rate, mostly supported by fossil fuels, and with it the greenhouse gas emissions have piled up in the atmosphere, starting to change our climate, for the worse, and polluting our environment.

The production and use of energy are responsible for nearly ¾ of the global emissions. We need to reduce net emissions down to zero if we want to have a chance to limit the effects of global warming…


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In the previous episode

Hydropower and geothermal energy were the earliest forms of renewable sources used for electricity generation, and we started to harness them over a century ago.

With hydro much more impactful than geothermal, we see them evolving and continuing to support the energy transition, but we don’t expect them to increase their weight in the overall energy mix.

This is because they are only available at scale, as a source of electricity generation, in specific regions: hydropower requires major waterways, and geothermal energy requires significant volcanic activity. …


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In episode 2

Produce, consume, pollute, repeat

Energy consumption has been growing at an incredible rate, mostly supported by fossil fuels, and with it the greenhouse gas emissions have piled up in the atmosphere, starting to change our climate, for the worse, and polluting our environment. Energy production WILL continue to grow over the next 30 years, to support the world population growth, and also importantly to lift billions of people from poverty, especially in Africa and Asia.

We need to reduce net emissions down to zero if we want to have a chance to limit…


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In episode 1

Energy is the key to a world that is far better, or worse

Climate Change and Global Warming are upon us and we need to act urgently if we want to limit their devastating effects. More and more countries have pledged to take action and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a significant way.

The production and use of energy are responsible for nearly ¾ of the global emissions. While climate change is a complex topic, with a lot still to learn, we know that by transforming the energy sector towards low-carbon sources, we will also reduce pollution and health problems…


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I’ve never been certain whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, “don’t try to fly too high,’ or whether it might also be thought of as “forget the wax and feathers, and do a better job on the wings.

Stanley Kubrik

My name is Andrea, and I have three teenager children.

I’m here, now, writing this because I know we (as humans) are facing an existential problem, with climate change, but hey! How do you explain it to teenagers who live in…


April 6th, 2020: four weeks after the start of the country-wide lockdown in Italy, and there are some stats we are all monitoring for a clear sign of the virus slowing down. Everybody is desperate to start discussing the next phase and move on from what is still a pretty dramatic time. There’s been a marked decrease in new confirmed cases and deaths, while Italy has been performing more and more tests every day, finding less and less positives. And more importantly the number of patients in intensive care has for the first time started to decrease, while the number…


We are referring to the type of tests conducted pretty much everywhere in the world until now to check whether a person is currently positive to the virus, typically consisting in taking nasal swabs and performing lab tests (Reverse Transcription-PCR).

There’s a fierce debate in almost every country about the number of covid-19 tests that are done and that should be done on a daily basis. South Korea tested a lot and it was part of a successful strategy for early containment. Italy is testing a lot, but it’s recording the worst mortality rate, Germany is testing more than anyone…

Andrea Ceccolini

Software developer, passionate about science, maths, sports and people

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