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).
Senate fails to override Obama's Keystone pipeline veto
New York Times: The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Obama?s veto of a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.
A bipartisan majority of senators were unable to reach the two-thirds vote required to undo a presidential veto. The vote was 62 to 37.
The measure?s defeat was widely expected, and was the latest twist in the clash over the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which would move about 800,000 barrels of carbon-heavy petroleum per day from the...
Doubt over climate science is product with an industry behind it
Gaurdian: It?s a product that you can find in newspaper columns and TV talk shows and in conversations over drinks, at barbecues, in taxi rides and in political speeches.
You can find this product in bookstores, on sponsored speaking tours, in the letters pages of local newspapers and even at United Nations climate change talks.
This product is doubt - doubt about the causes and impacts of climate change, the impartiality of climate scientists, the world?s temperature records, the height of the oceans...
Industry lobbyists weakened Europe air pollution rules, say Greenpeace
Guardian: New limits on air pollution in Europe have been watered down because governments are allowing some of the worst polluters to help draw up the rules, according to a Greenpeace investigation.
The Guardian has also learned that despite UK claims to the contrary, energy industry representatives repeatedly and forcefully pushed for weaker pollution limits at meetings in Brussels.
As a result of ongoing lobbying, the proposed European Union standards on toxic emissions from coal plants will be less...
Climate change no longer problem for future generations
Sydney Morning Herald: Climate change is no longer a serious problem, apparently.
In the 2010 Intergenerational Report an entire chapter was dedicated to the topic. This time around, references to the subject have been reduced to a handful of paragraphs.
"It is difficult for individual governments to control or affect the collective and cumulative impact of human activity globally, but there is a role for the Australian government to continue in its efforts in leading and co-ordinating domestic environmental policies...
How Dengue Fever Could Hasten Malaria's Deadly March on Africa
Nature World: Dengue fever is not to be taken lightly, but compared to malaria, it is a far less deadly mosquito-transmitted disease. Unfortunately, the illnesses tends to share very similar starting symptoms, causing frequent misdiagnoses in areas endemic for both diseases. Now new research is showing that these mistakes not only impact individual patients, but could be helping malaria become an even greater danger.
"We believe dengue to be one of many diseases with classic fever and headache symptoms that...
Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL pipeline
LA Times: The Senate failed Wednesday to override President Obama's veto of Keystone XL pipeline legislation, ending for now attempts by Congress to speed up approval of the controversial energy project. Falling short of the two-thirds majority needed, Republicans backers of the pipeline could not peel off enough Democratic supporters to join them. The vote was 62-37, with all Republicans and eight Democrats in favor. The outcome was the latest setback for the GOP-led Congress, which made passage of Keystone...
Global flood toll to triple by 2030
BBC: The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.
Climate change and population growth are driving the increase, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).
In the UK, about 76,000 people a year could be at risk of being affected by flooding if defences aren't improved, it says.
The yearly cost of damage to urban areas could reach more than £1bn.
The centre says this is the first public analysis of all world data...
McConnell Urges States to Defy U.S. Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gas
New York Times: Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and majority leader, is urging governors to defy President Obama by refusing to implement the administration?s global warming regulations. In an op-ed article published Wednesday in The Lexington Herald-Leader with the headline, ?States should reject Obama mandate for clean-power regulations,? Mr. McConnell wrote: ?The Obama administration?s so-called ?clean power? regulation seeks to shut down more of America?s power generation under the guise of...