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.
Steps Reef Lovers Can Take as U.S. Warns of Global Coral Bleaching Event
New York Times: Assessing widespread reports of reef stress along with unusually high sea-surface temperatures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is warning of a globe-spanning bleaching of corals in coastal waters around the tropics. Below you can learn what can be done in reef regions to limit the ecological impact of such events. When stressed by sustained high temperatures, the coral organisms that build reefs sometimes expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing affected areas...
NY Gov: Denying Global Warming Isn't a Survival Plan
Associated Press: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday joined government leaders worldwide in signing an agreement to help combat global warming and keep the Earth's average temperature from rising dangerously. The Under Two MOU, a memorandum of understanding signed by more than three dozen government leaders, affirmed New York's commitment to helping keep the Earth's average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius and committed the state to working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions about 40 percent...
Some areas in flooded South Carolina facing second deluge
Reuters: South Carolina's governor warned on Thursday that several coastal areas were about to be hit by a second round of major flooding, while residents inland hauled soaked furniture and appliances from homes left in ruins by unprecedented rainfall.
Governor Nikki Haley said the inundation expected in Georgetown, home to about 9,000 people, would last up to 12 days and she urged residents to heed evacuation notices.
"Don?t underestimate the power of water," she told a news conference in Summerville....
NJ's Governor Christie takes sand dune fight to court
Reuters: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration on Thursday went to court in an effort to seize beach front property owned by the city of Margate in order to complete an Atlantic coastline storm protection system of sand dunes.
The coast was severely damaged in 2012's Superstorm Sandy, which was directly responsible for 147 deaths in the United States, destroyed more than 650,000 homes and overall caused nearly $50 billion in damages.
Over 90 percent of the easements needed to construct...
China says must make $315 billion - $630 billion green investments per year
Reuters: China must make green investments of between 2 trillion and 4 trillion yuan ($315-630 billion) per year over the next five years, but the government can only cover 15 percent of that, China's central bank deputy governor, Yi Gang, said on Thursday.
"Most of the finance has to come from the private sector, so we have to provide a positive incentive mechanism," Yi said on the sidelines of International Monetary Fund meetings in Lima.
Earlier this week, China confirmed it would launch a nationwide...
Bank of England head rebuts critics of his global warming remarks
Reuters: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney struck back on Thursday at critics of his recent remarks about the effect of climate change, saying it has real effects on the insurance industry, which the central bank regulates.
He said the Group of 20 leading industrialized nations had this year asked the Financial Stability Board, which coordinates financial regulation of the G20 and which Carney chairs, to produce an assessment of the implications of climate change for financial stability.
California oversight oil well injection sites inadequate: state review
Reuters: California's oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday.
In a report to the state legislature, California's Department of Conservation (DOC) found that wastewater injection wells also suffer from inconsistent permitting, monitoring and enforcement of their construction and operation, among other problems.
"The division hasn't owned up to...
Analysis: India?s Challenge on the SDGs
Inter Press Service: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, for its part, appears confident in meeting these development goals. Prime Minister Modi told the UN General Assembly that many of the SDGs - which form the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - are already being implemented through flagship programmes of the government such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (for better sanitation), Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Smart Cities and Jan Dhan Yojana (banking the unbanked). He even...