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.
p.s. This article was crossposted TH!NK ABOUT IT - Climate Change blogging competition.
"The story of Stuff" explains very simply the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It becomes very clear that one of the reasons we are in crisis is that we try to operate on a linear system of cyclical consumption, but we live on a finite planet. You can not run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely.
In today's world, there is the requirement of perpetual or cyclical consumption in order to keep the entire economy going. If consumption was ever to stop, the whole system would collapse. Products are often made of cheap materials and poor design, for not only are resources being neglectfully used in products that are designed not to last, wasting human energy and materials, but the amount of frivolous waste and pollution that results is staggering. Waste is a deliberate byproduct of industry's need to keep 'cyclical consumption' going1.
The idea of consuming as much as possible, and then simply dumping everything in a landfill is plain ridiculous for anyone having the slightest knowledge of the law of conservation of mass/matter by the father of modern chemistry, Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, and the idea of burning useful materials is even more dishonest and frightening.
Doctor Stefano Monatari,
In the last article's we've seen a short video presenting the problems of a typical incineration facility, in which I depicted the problems in a broad view. Today we'll dig deeper and discover the health problems caused by waste incineration. With an exclusive interview, Doctor Stafano Montanari elucidates the current situation, the state of the art in technology and a possible vision for the future.
Stefano Monatanari is the scientific director of Nanodiagnostics, a research lab based in Modena, operating in the medical, industrial and ecological fields. Its main activity is the survey, through an innovative technique of environmental electron-microscopy, of inorganic micro- and nano- particles in any medium (biological tissues, food, drugs, cosmetic products, environmental samples, et cetera). He and his wife, Antonietta Gatti, are leading researchers in the field of nanopathologies. He's author of several articles and scientific publications, most notably "Nanopathology: the health impact of nanoparticles"(Antonietta M. Gatti, Stefano Montanari, Pan Stanford Publishing, 2008), as well as general audience books, and inventor of various medical equipments.
Without further ado, I leave you with the interview.