Hedonistic Sustainability and Health Risks: Open Letter to the City of Copenhagen

my name is Federico Pistono, I'm a scientist and Graduate Studies Program student of Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park, Silicon Valley.

I was very intrigued and inspired by Bjarke Ingels' TED talk about Hedonistic Sustainability in Copenhagen. It all looked wonderful and beautiful. I have been to Copenhagen many times, I was a reporter for the European Journalism Center for the COP15, and I loved the city.

However, there was one thing that deeply disturbed me towards the end. The so called "waste to energy facility", is in fact, as I understand, an incinerator. I don't know exactly what kind of disposal systems for the ashes are you planning, and what kind of nanofilters or membranes you intend to implement, but I have worked for many years with some researchers, experts in nanopatologies, and I can assure you that this is no laughing matter.

There is massive amount of research that suggests that incinerators are unsustainable, and very hazardous for our health. That applies also, and particularly, to the newest generations of incinerators.

Please find the time to review this material, and reconsider your decision.

There are many sustainable alternatives to incineration for waste recovery, which can reach 99.8% of recycling and costs much less than incinerators. They are also completely sustainable and non-hazardous. I will be happy to go over the details with you.

As for the problem of house heating, it is my understanding that the the city depends on incineration to provide its citizens all the necessary heat for the winter time. Again, there are much cleaner and safer alternatives, which we can explore together.

I urge you to stop and think about what you are about to do. You have amazing projects and ideas, you are creating the most beautiful city in the world, but just one mistake can cost you many lives for generations to come.
Federico Pistono
Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park, Silicon Valley


See you at Drupalcon Copenhagen

Drupalcon in Copenhagen. Ninja-codingI will be attending the Drupalcon in Copenhagen.

DrupalCon is the twice-yearly gathering of Drupalistas to learn about, discuss, and contribute to Drupal, networking with other Drupal community members in the process. Last year in Paris was an awesome experience, and I was very happy to hear that this year's choice was Copenhagen, a city I love and had the chance to visit more than once.

Ninja-coding! :D


COP15: UN source interview on African negotiations

A UN source (I'm sorry, she asked me not to use her name) gives us a summary on the African negotiations here at the COP15 in Copenhagen.

COP15: UN source interview on African negotiations from Federico Pistono on Vimeo.

p.s. This article was crossposted TH!NK ABOUT IT - Climate Change blogging competition.


As UN Restricts NGOs, COP15 Side Events Draw Crowds

Video from EUXTV describing the current events (edited by Raymond Frenken), also featuring a short interview to Adela, Diego and me.

p.s. This article was crossposted TH!NK ABOUT IT - Climate Change blogging competition.


A price to pay for popularity

Yesterday I was ready to leave for the COP15, hoping to get some good footage, meet interesting people for my posts and documentary, and eventually have my voice heard, particularly regarding the issue of water.

Coming here in Copenhagen was, at first, a bit disappointing. With the Danish text leaked, negotiations looking dark, Bella Centre closed, protests and police all over the city... I felt like my coming here (and subsequent Co2 emissions) was less and less valuable than I originally expected.

Then, like a thunder in the sky, my video "COP15 Priority number one" was featured on the Home Page of YouTube. It got 45,636 views in less than two days and became #99 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Non-profits & Activism - Italy.

Now, while this may sound like a pleasant and promising news, it also comes at a price. Right now it has about 200 comments, which is what's left of the hundreds of insults, brainless and mistyped shouts that I received. Somehow, the intelligence of the YouTube comments never ceases to amaze me, which reminds me a great strip from XKCD:

YouTube XKCD

If it was extremely improbable that any of the world leaders saw this video, now it's becoming a bit more likely. A little bit. And if hundres of hate comments are the price to pay, it's alright. I can take it.

p.s. This article was crossposted TH!NK ABOUT IT - Climate Change blogging competition..

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