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.
Cleaner, but not clean enough
PennLive: When a plane with sophisticated monitoring equipment flew over southwestern Pennsylvania gas drilling sites, checking on how much gas was escaping, the results were startling.
Gas coming off the sites was at least 100 times greater than federal regulators had estimated that drilling operations produce.
If typical of the thousands and thousands of drilling sites across the nation, the results call into question whether natural gas really is the climate-friendly fuel that helps cut greenhouse...
Biodiversity Boom Bolsters Peruvian Forests (And REDD) Ahead Of Year-End Climate Talks There
Ecosystem Marketplace: This is the seventh in an ongoing series of articles developed in support of this year's two Katoomba Meetings, both of which are taking place in Latin America. The first meeting will take place on March 19 and 20 at Iguaz˙ Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina, under the banner "Scaling Up Sustainable Commodity Supply Chains'.
The second meeting will take place in Lima, Peru, over four days -- from April 22 through 25 -- and its working motto is "Climate, Forests, Water, and People: A...
US Underestimates Methane Emissions From Fracking ? Report
Ria Novosit: The amount of methane emitted by natural gas extraction, including fracking, is grossly underestimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new study published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Thirteen scientists from different academic and research institutions and fields co-authored the report, which used special airborne instruments ?to identify large sources of methane and quantify emission rates in southwestern Pennsylvania.?...
It?s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine
New York Times: Late one night last August, on the chalk downlands of southern England, Paul Kingsnorth stood in a field beside an old-growth forest, two yurts and a composting toilet. Kingsnorth is 41, tall, slim and energetic, with sweeping brown hair and a sparse beard. He wears rimless glasses and a silver stud in his ear, and he talks with great ardor, often apologizing for having said too much or for having said it too strongly.
On this occasion, Kingsnorth was silent. It was the final night of Uncivilization,...
Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability - UN
Reuters: William Tell, in popular legend, takes a stand against a system that undermined his human dignity ? tyranny and oppression. He refused to bow down before the hat of the evil bailiff Gessler, but was then forced to shoot an apple off his son?s head with a crossbow. This tale has a universal message. When you are pushed into a corner, your freedom and liberty are under pressure and your family and future are threatened, you take a stand. So why are we ignoring the fundamental threats to the liberty...
The global peril of droughts in the Amazon
SciDevNet: The Amazon rainforest may release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than it stores during droughts, a February paper in Nature found.
Luciana Vanni Gatti of the Nuclear Energy Research Institute in Brazil reached that conclusion in a project involving fellow Brazilian researchers and colleagues from Australia, the United Kingdom and United States.
The study shows that the Amazon's ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere seems to be linked to rainfall. If further research confirms this...
Beijing's bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions
Reuters: China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters.
Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang last month.
But experts say efforts to cut coal consumption and industrial output in big cities like Beijing is likely to put pressure on other...
Climate change gets star treatment
New Scientist: To engage the public, Years of Living Dangerously and Sand Wars take different approaches, one is a Hollywood behemoth, the other is shrewd and assailing
In the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a lavish nine-part US documentary series about the role humans play in climate change, actor Don Cheadle heads for drought-stricken Texas. He is on a mission to find out why the Bible Belt rejects the idea that we are failing as stewards of the planet.
How could an argument so simple, so...