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).
USGS report shows how global warming will shift Pacific wind and wave patterns
Summit Voice: Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have developed climate models that help show how global warming will change wind and wave patterns, potentially affecting island communities, especially as sea level rises.
The new USGS report looked at U.S. and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, including Hawaii, where climate change is expected to alter the highest waves and strongest winds. The detailed data should help communities develop coastal resilience plans and ecosystem restoration efforts, and...
Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study
Guardian: Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.
Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Travel expenses and additional...
China's drop in coal consumption may open door to cleaner industries
ENCA: As China's coal consumption drops for the first in years, environmentalists and experts say China can seize the opportunity to reform a polluting industry.
China, the world's largest consumer of coal has seen a drop in consumption for the first time in this century, as environmental policies start to put significant constraints on its coal industry.
Green groups are celebrating the new data, but experts warn about a tough transition and economic uncertainty ahead with an unwieldy oversupply...
Davos and Climate Change: 'Warning Shots' From Africa and Pacific
Diplomat: When global figures gathered in the Swiss resort of Davos last week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ? its 45th ? they were facing potentially the close of one era and the start of another.
In its introduction to the meeting, the Geneva-based WEF secretariat said ?complexity, fragility and uncertainty? could end the period of economic integration and international partnership that began in 1989, and would now involve major political, economic, social and technological transformation....
Iceland Rises 1.4 inches year due to Climate Change
News Maine: A study has found that Iceland's region under ice has been shrinking at a faster rate due to climate change. It is causing a gradual rise in the level of the earth's crust. According to researchers associated with the study, the ice part of the region is rising as much as 1.4 inches every year, much faster than previously thought.
The research was conducted by research teams from the University of Arizona and the University of Iceland. The detailed report with findings of the team has been published...
Climate Change's Bottom Line
New York Times: It was 8 degrees in Minneapolis on a recent January day, and out on Interstate 394, snow whipped against the windshields of drivers on their morning commutes. But inside the offices of Cargill, the food conglomerate, Greg Page, the company?s executive chairman, felt compelled to talk about global warming. ?It would be irresponsible not to contemplate it,? Mr. Page said, bundled up in a wool sport coat layered over a zip-up sweater. ?I?m 63 years old, and I?ve grown up in the upper latitudes. I?ve...
Montana oil spill latest in pipeline company's string of of incidents
Guardian: The Wyoming company whose pipeline leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple pipeline spills and federal fines levied against them in the last decade, according to government records.
Bridger Pipeline, the operator of the Poplar Pipeline that broke recently near Glendive, Montana, recorded nine pipeline incidents between 2006 and 2014, according to the pipeline administration. Combined, the spills leaked nearly 11,000 gallons...
Amid California drought, water chief preaches conservation ? and balance
Sacramento Bee: Felicia Marcus gets in the shower when it?s still cold.
As full-time chair of California?s State Water Resources Control Board, Marcus has a key role in how California stewards its finite resources during a devastating drought. So Marcus can hardly let precious water wash down the drain while she waits for the shower to heat up.
?Just using less and using it more wisely is No. 1,? Marcus said of her agency?s goals. ?We?ve had the luxury of it just coming out of the tap ? if you step back, it?s...