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.
Hot enough? Things are going to get hotter in Australia
Sydney Morning Herald: Australia's unusually hot and dry weather is set to extend well into summer with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting increased risks of bushfires and heatwaves.
The bureau's latest three-month outlooks for temperature and rainfall covering the November-January period indicate the likelihood of drier-than-normal conditions across most of eastern Australia, particularly the north-east.
For Sydney, the immediate forecast is for mostly dry weather, with a maximum 31 degrees reached on Thursday...
Climate change a 'threat multiplier' for farming-dependent nations: Report
Reuters: Climate change and food insecurity are "threat multipliers", and 32 countries dependent on farming face an "extreme risk" of conflict or civil unrest in the next 30 years, a global analytics firm said on Wednesday. Food shortages and rising prices have the potential to worsen political, ethnic, class and religious tensions, the risk advisory firm Maplecroft reported in its annual "Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (CCERA)". Analysts noted that several nations' military leaders are ahead...
Fracking may release cancer-causing air pollution - study
RTCC: Fracking wells may release cancer-causing chemicals into the air, a community science study has found.
Residents trained to take air quality samples recorded high levels of benzene, hydrogen sulphide and formaldehyde near shale gas extraction sites in the US.
While based on a small number of samples, the study published in Environmental Health adds a new set of potential health threats to fracking?s rap sheet.
Lead researcher David Carpenter, from the University at Albany, New York, said...
Weather Channel backpedals after co-founder said humans aren't causing climate change
Daily Mail: The Weather Channel has released an official statement arguing that man-made global warming is real, just days its co-founder said it does not exist.
The group claims said the planet is 'indeed warming,' with temperatures increasing 1 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6°C to 0.9°C) in the last 100 years.
The Atlanta-based channel also states humans are helping make the planet warmer as a result of burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
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Two years on: Sandy inspires storm of climate research
Climate Central: The two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy crashed into the New Jersey shoreline have not been enough time for scientists and researchers to make much headway on the hows and whys of the Northeast's epic storm. But that's not because they aren't trying.
In fact, Sandy has spurred an unprecedented amount of research, attempting to tackle the questions about what role climate change might have played in producing or worsening the storm, how global warming might influence similar storms...
Methane emissions may swell from behind dams
Climate Central: Imagine nearly 6,000 dairy cows doing what cows do, belching and being flatulent for a full year. That's how much methane was emitted from one Ohio reservoir in 2012.
Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly because they don't burn fossil fuels to produce electricity. But what if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world's largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions?
Harsha Lake, a large reservoir near Cincinnati, Ohio, emitted...
Global groundwater crisis may get worse as the world warms
Mashable: From India to Texas, people are rapidly depleting their valuable stores of groundwater -- leading to the possibility that aquifers may be emptied within decades, a NASA researcher has warned.
In a commentary published Wednesday in the journal Nature Climate Change, Jay Famiglietti, who has helped lead the use of a NASA satellite system to detect groundwater changes around the world, warned of dramatic consequences to come if changes are not made to the way that societies manage water supplies....
Get Off the Beach? Hell No. Why Shore People Don't Get Climate People
Bloomberg: When Hurricane Sandy came, Deborah Star Reed stayed home. Irene, the year before, had been over-hyped. Her 1919 concrete house was left unscathed by Donna in 1960 and the ?Big One? of 1938.
So, on Oct. 29, 2012, the retired construction worker was munching on spare ribs with a friend, having ignored the evacuation warnings, when the first wave crashed into her home at the edge of New York?s Jamaica Bay. Hours later, hip-deep in water next to a bobbing piano, she began to pray.
Reed is still...