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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 - week 16

Published 22nd April 2010 - 3 comments - 2225 views -

The week in solving the problems of the world.

#5 The LEGO zoo

Aka the future zoo? Not exactly sure when this is available but I will not visit Philadelphia, USA anytime soon anyway. If you're in my situation too, check out Amazing Animal LEGO Sculptures Depict Endangered Species at the Philadelphia Zoo.

#4 Polgress?

We all noticed a certain plane crash in Western Russia recently, right. I have to admit just about all I know about Polish politics is what is in Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine chapter 9 and that the country got a Fossil of the Day award during COP15 for being backwards on climate change policy.

Guess I should hurry up and read Robert Stefanicki's Polish government sharply cuts aid to Africa and Sylwia Presley's My Story #2 - How do we re-build governance in Poland now?

But for now let me just take note of the fact that EU, Poland move to settle carbon quota row. How about that? Could it be related to the changed political climate?

Also from Poland, one MaƂgorzata Górska was awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize 2010 for leading “the fight to protect Poland's Rospuda Valley, one of Europe's last true wilderness areas, from a controversial highway project that would have destroyed the region's sensitive ecosystems”.

By the way: I traveled to the area during TH!NK2 and wrote Trees can save us.

#3 The US of A is a mentally developing (degenerating?) nation

I'm not going to toss out a wild headline like that one without proof. Well, OK, not proof then – but a YouTube video!

Check out NewLeftMedia's Tax Day Tea Party 2010 video.

These people protest health care. Seriously. And protest doing something about climate change. They are against their own country improving on the MDG #4, #5, #6 and #7. If you wonder where all the climate change deniers come from, just fast forward to about 7:10 and see a real life mass hysteria session. Regarding MDG #5, maternal health, see Despite Progress Maternal Mortality Remains a Crisis (it's from Amnesty International so don't bother if you think they are an anti-semitic propaganda organization):

News coverage of the study published in The Lancet about declining maternal deaths worldwide largely ignored the appalling fact that the United States has shown no improvement in the rate of maternal deaths for two decades.”

#2 It's the 40th Earth Day

So what? For one thing (as we geeks have noticed) Google has a special logo today. Another thing is Bill McKibben, founder of, has timed the event for free publicity of his new book, Eaarth. There is an excerpt on as well as a page on his own website, of course. Considering just adding it to my Amazon Wishlist straight away.

What else does it mean? Should be some articles at TH!NK ABOUT IT? Maybe not, except Jan Marcinek's attempt to have us write about “our” Earth Day? At Inhabitat (a site I like, regular readers of my column will know by now) they are doing the same thing: What Are You Doing for Earth Day 2010?

For some quality reading enjoy's The Evolution of Agriculture Since the First Earth Day:

a look at examples of three positive and three negative trends in agriculture since the first Earth Day was observed in 1970.”

Oh, and Greenpeace put out an Earth Day video:

(OK, OK, I'll answer at Jan's article later...)

#1 FA!L

This is the real Earth Day link: World failing on every environmental issue on

The biodiversity crisis, the climate crisis, the deforestation crisis: we are living in an age when environmental issues have moved from regional problems to global ones. A generation or two before ours and one might speak of saving the beauty of Northern California; conserving a single species—say the white rhino—from extinction; or preserving an ecological region like the Amazon. That was a different age.

Today we speak of preserving world biodiversity, of saving the 'lungs of the planet', of mitigating global climate change. No longer are humans over-reaching in just one region, but we are overreaching the whole planet, stretching ecological systems to a breaking point. While we are aware of the issues that threaten the well-being of life on this planet, including our own, how are we progressing on solutions?”

Too true. And also one of the reasons some folks de-green. The issues become harder to understand, harder to show by just pointing at an oil spill or acid rain struck forest. Environmentalism will globalize or die.

We—the human species—are failing on every major environmental problem, including those I highlight [in the article]: biodiversity, oceans, deforestation, food and water, population and consumption, and climate change. Our inability thus far to even being solving these problems is bankrupting our Earth and will leave our children a very different—I venture to say lonelier and more chaotic—world.

Still, if you make through this whole piece you'll find that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For it is still up to us, every one of us, to determine our collective fate and that of generations to come. ”

'til next week folks grin


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