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.
Fossil fuel industry caught taking a page out of the tobacco playbook
Guardian: Last week, Willie Soon was caught failing to disclose conflicts of interest in his climate research and congressional testimony after having received over $1.2 million in funding from fossil fuel companies. This revelation raised alarms in Congress, with Rep. Grijalva sending letters to the universities of seven other scientists who have provided climate-related testimony, and Senators Markey, Boxer, and Whitehouse sending inquiries to 100 fossil fuel companies, trade groups, and NGOs. Senator Markey...
Viral China pollution film is brave, personal & powerful
Guardian: A documentary about China?s shockingly high levels of air pollution that has gone viral within China is being compared to Al Gore?s An Inconvenient Truth and Rachel Carson?s Silent Spring.
The self-funded documentary, Under the Dome, by former state television presenter Chai Jing, takes a stark look at China?s air pollution woes by combining personal narrative, striking imagery, on-the-the ground interviews with scientific evidence.
One of China?s most prominent environmentalists, Ma Jun, likened...
Without its rainforest, the Amazon will turn to desert
Ecologist: It is not - as described in climatological models - the mass circulation of air which drives the hydrological cycle, but the hydrological cycle which drives the mass circulation of air.
Imagine being in one of the wettest rainforests in the world with three outstanding physicists concerned with the thorny question as to how is it conceivably possible for the rainfall to be as high, if not higher, thousands of kilometres inland than it is at the coast.
Indeed, Leticia, in the Colombian Amazon,...
TransCanada Seizing People's Land to Build Keystone; Conservatives Silent
ThinkProgress: For Julia Trigg Crawford, watching TransCanada construct the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline on a corner of her 600-acre farm was ?gut-wrenching.?
Crawford, who lives in Direct, Texas, had been trying since 2011 to keep the pipeline company off her property. But she ultimately lost, the portion of her land needed for the pipeline condemned through eminent domain - a process by which government can force citizens to sell their property for "public use," such as the building of roads, railroads,...
Switzerland First Country to Submit Pledge for UN Climate Pact
Associated Press: Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The Swiss government said Friday that at least 30 percent of the reduction would be achieved at home and the remainder through projects abroad. The European Union, United States, China and Norway have also announced their intended targets but haven't formally submitted them to the U.N. The new climate...
In Drought-Stricken California, Market for Canada Gas Emerges
Bloomberg: Driven out of their best U.S. markets by the shale boom, Canada?s gas producers are turning to the power-hungry West Coast.
Canadian gas shipments to Washington state are the highest seasonally since at least 2008, and exports through a border point in Eastport, Idaho, surged in November to a winter record, data compiled by Genscape Inc. show. Demand from California gas-fired power plants is increasing as a drought now in its fourth year cuts hydroelectric production.
A flood of low-cost Marcellus...
Along Cuba?s Coast, the Last Best Coral Reef in the Caribbean Thrives
Yale Environment 360: The enduring image of Cuba is of a country locked in a time warp, with 1950s American sedans cruising the streets, colonial-era buildings in disrepair, and six decades of strict state control over the economy and a U.S. embargo keeping development at bay.
This frozen-in-amber quality also applies to many of the marine ecosystems surrounding the Caribbean?s largest island, with tremendous benefits for Cuba?s aquatic life. While coral reef cover has declined by 50 percent throughout the Caribbean...
Sen. Jim Inhofe embarrasses the GOP and the U.S.
Washington Post: SEN. JIM Inhofe (R-Okla.) chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee -- and he seems determined to make that fact a national embarrassment.
Mr. Inhofe delivered a Senate floor speech about the ?hysteria on global warming? last week with two conspicuous props. One was a blown-up photo of his family standing in front of an igloo labeled ?AL GORE?S NEW HOME.? The Inhofe clan constructed it following a 2010 ?snowstorm that had been unprecedented, it set a record that year,? Mr. Inhofe explained....