Secretary General, Iberoamericana
• Secretary General, Iberoamericana;
• Inter-american Development Bank, Former President;
• Minister of Foreign Relations (1985-1988);
• Executive Secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (1972-1985);
• Secretary General of the U.N. Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy, held in Kenya in 1981; and
• Chairman of the conference that launched the Uruguay Round of international trade negotiations in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in 1986.
• Uruguay’s Universidad de la República in Economics and Business Administration (1953); and
• Specialized programs of study in the United States and France.
China?s trans-Amazon railway stokes forest fears
Climate News Network: China?s fast-rising population and its burgeoning economy make steep demands on natural resources, so steep that Beijing is searching constantly for supplies from overseas. And it wants to obtain them, naturally, as cheaply as it can. Now in prospect is China?s trans-Amazon railway ? a 3,300 mile-long (5,000 km) artery to link the soya-growing areas and iron ore mines of Brazil to the southern Peruvian port of Ilo, providing a cheaper, shorter route than the Panama Canal. Feasibility studies on...
Costa Rica runs 100% renewable for 113 days in a row
Treehugger: Costa Rica just ran its electricity grid for 113 days in a row entirely on renewable energy. Using a mix of wind, solar and its abundant supply of geothermal energy (a nice boon for anyone wanting to have dispatchable renewables!), this small nation is proving that fossil fuels are no longer necessary to keep the lights on. That's just one snippet of news from Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged news update, which also includes some cool information about gigantic, 180-meter (590-feet) high, 8MW wind...
Native American tribes unite against Dakota pipeline project
Deutsche Welle: Several hundred protestors from at least 100 Native American tribes have joined a weeks-long protest to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its bid to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The tribe argues that the $3.8 billion (3.4 billion euros) pipeline, which will pass through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota, threatens its sacred sites and drinking water. The Sioux group also says it was not properly consulted before construction began on the pipeline. As...
Deforestation impacts felt for decades ? scientists
Climate Home: The ecological and carbon cost of rainforest destruction goes on accumulating for years after nations halt the conversion of canopy into farmland, scientists have found.
This implies that to meet ambitious targets, global strategies to combat climate change ? including forest restoration ? should have started years ago.
Tropical forests soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide released by industrial combustion of fossil fuels, limiting global warming.
Burning, clear-felling and ploughing...
120 Great Lakes cities vs. Waukesha, Wisconsin in water diversion dispute
CBC: Cities that draw their water from the Great Lakes have aligned to oppose a decision that allows Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan to its community.
In June, the Compact Council - the group which oversees details of how neighbouring American states manage use of the Great Lakes - allowed Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee, to draw water from Lake Michigan, even though the city has access to the Mississippi River watershed.
Waukesha made the application when the level of radium...
Groups challenge federal oil, gas leasing on climate grounds
Associated Press: The federal government needs to consider greenhouse emissions and the potential contribution to climate change before allowing oil and gas development on public land, two environmental groups asserted Thursday in a lawsuit over drilling in Western states.
Industry advocates stood by their own efforts to keep federal leasing moving ahead.
The lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenges 397 oil and gas leases the...
DiCaprio urged to return 1MDB money he allegedly received
Malaysiakini: International NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has urged Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio to return all funds that he and his eponymous foundation allegedly received from 1MDB-linked individuals.
In a letter to the actor, BMF asked DiCaprio to disclose and return any funds that he may have received from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's stepson Riza Aziz, his associates Jho Low and Tan Kim Loong as well as Riza's production company Red Granite Pictures.
"We are deeply disturbed that Leonardo DiCaprio...
Judge to rule on tribe's oil pipeline request by Sept. 9
Larampadinapoli: U.S. District Judge James Boasberg listened to arguments Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He says he will rule on the case by September 9.
In its lawsuit, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of failing to fully comply with the federal Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act when the agency approved the pipeline's construction on July 25.
The pipeline is created to move North Dakota oil to IL.
The tribe says...