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.
Obama Opened Floodgates Offshore Fracking
Ring of Fire: In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior`s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").
With 21.6 million acres auctioned off by the Obama Administration and 433,822 acres receiving bids, some press accounts have declared BP America -- of 2010 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil spill infamy -- a big winner of the auction. If true, fracking and the...
?Ban Fracking in North Carolina?
Stokes News: An occasionally raucous crowd of nearly 450 sent a message to Raleigh Monday: Ban Fracking in North Carolina.
In rapid sequence, with no breaks, for four solid hours, 84 speakers appeared before the members of the NC Mining and Energy Commission in Reidsville, to comment on the state`s proposed rules on Oil and Gas exploration.
The theme was apparent: Either ban oil and gas drilling entirely, or write a better set of rules to protect citizens more than drillers. Or, as one speaker said, "Make...
Climate change tops UN summit agenda in Samoa
Al Jazeera: It is the biggest event the tiny Pacific nation of Samoa has ever seen.
A United Nations conference is getting underway to discuss the issues facing some of the world?s most vulnerable countries.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says economic and environmental sustainability will top the agenda.
Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Apia.
Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss
Agence France-Presse: Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average, a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent's icesheet, scientists said on Sunday.
Satellite data from 1992 to 2011 found the sea surface around Antarctica's coast rose by around eight centimetres (3.2 inches) in total compared to a rise of six cm for the average of the world's oceans, they said.
The local increase is accompanied by a fall in salinity at the sea surface, as detected by research...
On climate change, much work is needed to save our globe
Daily Star: A crack in a house?s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world?s population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not. Climate change, as we have known for years, is one such crack in the foundation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been studying the phenomenon since 1988. Twenty-two years ago, the...
Scientists identify deforested idle land as source of Indonesia "haze" fires
Reuters: A month after Singapore was shrouded in a thick haze produced by Indonesian fires in June 2013, scientist David Gaveau went to the source of the smoke in Riau province to survey the charred aftermath.
News reports attributed the haze to slash-and-burn forest clearance to make way for oil palm plantations. But what Gaveau, a scientist with the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), discovered during his five days examining the still-smouldering ground on Sumatra island...
Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns
Sydney Morning Herald: Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.
Atoll nations including Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands are seeing shifting rainfall patterns, rising sea-levels and ocean acidification that are forcing islanders to move, said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank's special...
Americans have a moral obligation to tackle climate change now
Oregonian: My children's names are Aaron and Norah. Aaron is a somewhat serious 9-yr-old who likes to build things and tease his sister. Norah is a bubbly, curly haired 4-year-old who likes princesses and anything pink or green, especially if it is growing in the garden. Hearing about climate change denial makes me feel frustrated that my children's future is dangerously at stake. I know that with global warming there are only two uncertainties: "How bad will things get and how quickly will things deteriorate?"...