Former Prime Minister of Finland
• Prime Minister of Finland (1995-2003);
• Speaker of the Parliament of Finland (2003-2007);
• Chairman of the Finnish Social Democratic Party (1993-2005);
• Member of the Parliament of Finland;
• Secretary to Prime Minister Mauno Koivisto (1979-1982);
• Various posts in the Social Democratic Party organization (1967-1979); and
• Freelance reporter for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) (1965–1967).
• Lyceum of Kuopio (Degree, 1959);
• Dartmouth College; and
• University of Helsinki in (Masters, International Politics, 1971).
NSW floods: SES says worst is yet to come as Forbes' Lachlan river peaks
Guardian: Residents of central western New South Wales should expect ?a long flood? over the next few weeks. The Lachlan river reached 10.65m at Forbes overnight, surpassing the 1990s floods, but the worst was predicted to hit next week. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a second, higher peak next week near Condobolin and Euabalong. ?This will be a rolling cycle of flooding through communities in the central west part of that state as rain comes in again later this week,? the State Emergency Service acting...
India PM says will ratify Paris climate pact next month
Agence France-Presse: India, the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter, will ratify the Paris climate change pact next month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday (Sep 25), bringing the deal a step closer to reality. Modi said India will formally join the landmark accord struck in 2015 in Paris, through which countries commit to take action to stem the planet's rising temperatures. The accord needs ratification from 55 countries that account for at least 55 percent of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions...
India to ratify Paris climate change deal
Associated Press: India?s prime minister said on Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government will ratify the agreement Oct. 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of India?s independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, who believed in a minimum carbon footprint. Modi made the announcement at a meeting of his Bharatiya Janata Party?s leaders in the southern Indian town of Kozhikode.
India accounts for around 4.5 percent...
Sudden power price rises show need for climate policy certainty ? report
Guardian: Huge spikes in wholesale electricity prices in South Australia in July show stable, nationally consistent climate policy must urgently replace ?unmanageable uncertainty? for energy market investors, according to a new analysis by the Grattan Institute.
When the short-term spot price of electricity spiked to its peak of $14,000 several times on 7 July, some commentators sought to blame the high share of wind power in the state. Energy experts argued the price spikes were a result of an abuse of...
Climate change solutions: 65% want Australia to be world leader ? study
Guardian: Public support for Australia to be a world leader in climate change solutions has rebounded to its highest since the major political parties agreed on emissions trading, research shows.
About 65% of the nation want to see Australia lead the world in solutions, an increase from 52% in 2010-12 when the ?carbon tax? debate was front and centre in politics.
The annual attitudinal study by the Climate Institute shows this year?s jump, up from 59% in 2014-15.
It?s the closest it has been to the...
BP's plan to contain oil spill in Great Australian Bight labelled 'flimsy'
Guardian: BP?s publicly available plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight don?t give a clear indication of where it would get all the people, boats and aircraft needed to contain a major oil spill in the remote waters 300km off the coast of South Australia, according to the Wilderness Society.
BP says it is confident its plans ?are appropriate? but says ?the regulator will ultimately determine if this is the case?.
BP has proposed to drill for oil inside a commonwealth marine reserve. Its...
?We have to inhabit other planets?: Gary Johnson offers libertarian solution to climate change
Rawstory: Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson suggested on Sunday that climate change could not be stopped and that the solution was for the human race to "inhabit other planets."
During an interview on ABC`s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos reminded Johnson that he had warned in 2011 that global warming was "in our future" because the sun would eventually "grow and encompass the Earth."
"Does that mean we don`t do anything about it now?" Stephanopoulos wondered.
"No, come on,"...
Canada: Clock ticking down on final decision for $36B Pacific NorthWest LNG project
National Observer: Time is running out for the federal government to decide on whether to approve the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, which could open the way for one of the largest infrastructure investments in Canadian history.
The legislated deadline for a decision on the Petronas-led, $36-billion liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia's north coast is Oct. 2, following numerous delays in the review process including a three-month extension earlier this year.
The project has drawn intense scrutiny,...