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Benno Hansen
Patent Assistant (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Focusing on our bright green future, environmental sustainability, global partnership and climate change.

MSc degree in horticulture from Copenhagen University, thesis on Hidden Markov Modelling of protein sequences - which is the same algorithm that lies at the core of Google. Winner of TH!NK2, Y!HAA

Have written for magazines at an advertising bureau, supported university students in their IT-tasks, helped maintain the university hardware, software and websites, vacuum cleaned bodies of escaped laboratory test frogs, been a mail man with the Danish Postal Service and counted the number of passengers for the Danish Railways.

My goal is to publish a best selling science fiction novel and/or get elected for parliament with an intellectual party. But I spend a lot more time betting on football matches (and winning), attending FC Copenhagen home games which I hold a season ticket for, reading lots of science fiction and popularized science, skating and eating organic meals with my beautiful, eco-friendly biomedicine ethicist girlfriend.

Oh yeah... every now and then I also blog ;-)

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MDG press clips - Q3 2011

Published 28th September 2011 - 0 comments - 9393 views -

#5: All hope is gone, let's bribe 'em

Most Danes take pride in drinking their fresh tap water. But in recent years a growing number of drills have been stopped due to pesticide pollution. Many have been seeing this coming and have happily paid extra for organic milk and cereals to help avoid polluting the ground water.

Now it has come to the point where about a third of the drills turn up too polluted for consumption. In desperation, Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus, has begun bribing farmers to not pollute. A “polluters get paid” principle. The city is prioritizing: farmers on 4500 hectares of soil with fast drainage are getting paid; farmers on slow draining clay soils are out of the bribery loop.

(Source in Danish: / Betaling for ikke at sprøjte ved vandboringer.)

#4: YouTube clips

#3: US vs. EU politics

EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard had strong words for the US – especially the country’s political opposition and conservative presidential candidates – for refusing to take responsibility for climate change.
“I’m shocked that the political debate in the US is so far away from the scientific facts,” Connie Hedegaard, a member of Denmark's Conservative party, told Politiken newspaper last weekend. "It’s difficult to see the bright side,” in the American climate debate, she added.
”When more than 90 percent of researchers in the field are saying that we have to take [climate change] seriously, it is incredibly irresponsible to ignore it. It’s hard for a European to understand how it has become so fashionable to be anti-science in the US,” Hedegaard told Politiken. "And when you hear American presidential candidates denying climate change, it’s difficult to take.”

(Source / read more: The Copenhagen Post / Climate commissioner admonishes US for climate change denial.)

A "Robin Hood tax", proposed for years by NGOs for stabilizing the markets and collecting money for development aid and similar unpopular needs, is now about to materialize! But for now for the purpose of paying the financial crisis bill.

#2: Moving Planet, Copenhagen

Moving Planet Copenhagen from Benno Hansen on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 24 · 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Speeches by Pia Olsen Dyhr (SF) og Henrik Beha Pedersen (Greenpeace)

#1: Rest in peace, Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai passed away on 25 September 2011 and environmentalism lost one of its most charismatic and honored activists. Just three months earlier she visited Copenhagen to receive an honorary doctorate degree. I attended her speech and posted my video of it on my blog, Ecowar. Here it is again.

Wangari Maathai honorary doctorate lecture from Benno Hansen on Vimeo.

Wangari Maathai received a honorary doctorate at Copenhagen University and spoke about her work with the Green Belt movement, the Taking Roots movie and more.

[15:39] Protecting forests is extremely important [...] also very important for conflict [...] many of the local conflicts that we were having, especially in East Africa, [...] were being fed by competition over resources. Especially over land, [?], farming land, water, watering points [?]. And many of these conflicts are unavoidable unless we learn to manage the resources in a responsible way, in an accountable way and also we learn to share these resources in a more equitable way. Now, these are words, but when you translate them into practicalities on the ground it is actually [?] possible to stop people fighting. If there is no water and there is only one watering point people will fight over that watering point. If the rivers stop flowing [...] people will fight. And usually when people fight, that's when [the developed, rich world hear about the developing, 3rd world and begin to wonder] 'why are they fighting?'. Well they are fighting over resources because either those resources are degraded, they are diminished or they are exhausted or they are not being shared equitably.

Rest in peace.


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