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).
Ghana?s gold diggers: Scramble comes at high cost
SciDevNet: People have mined for gold in what is now Ghana for thousands of years. The precious metal has always been easy to find, hence the name the British gave the country when they colonised it: the Gold Coast. In this four-part film series, we investigate the role of illegal, small-scale mining ? an increasingly important part of Ghana?s gold producing industry ? and its impacts on human health and the environment. As a result of a modern-day gold rush induced by a spike in the price of the metal triggered...
Mainstreaming climate change activities into development planning in developing countries
NewsDay: UNCHECKED climate change impacts are likely going to derail planned development outcomes in many developing countries, thereby, posing negative challenges for the resilience of many livelihoods together with the underlying eco-systems.
Time for climate change adaptations and mitigation that does not have space for resilience amounts to null initiatives and planning own-goals. Planning, not just planning in general, but development-oriented planning, play vital roles in addressing human institutional...
CSIRO head Larry Marshall defends climate research cuts as angry scientists protest in Melbourne
Age: CSIRO head Larry Marshall has sought to defend deep cuts to climate science programs after days of sustained criticism, saying global warming research was "one piece of a much larger puzzle" in solving Australia's biggest challenges.
His defence came as dozens of scientists, including some whose jobs are under threat at CSIRO, rallied in Melbourne, warning the cuts would hurt Australia's ability to address the climate change threat.
In a lengthy statement released on Monday, Dr Marshall said...
Mark Ruffalo tells Cameron his UK fracking push an 'enormous mistake'
Guardian: David Cameron is making an enormous ?legacy mistake? by going all-out for fracking in the UK, the actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo has warned.
The actor, who is famous for his role as the Hulk in the Avenger films and who stars in Spotlight about the Boston Globe?s investigation into Catholic child abuse, is a prominent anti-fracking campaigner who lobbied successfully for a ban on the controversial technology in New York.
?Mr Cameron, you?re making an enormous mistake, and it?s...
Half of windfarm complaints about turbines yet to be built: commissioner
Guardian: Approximately half of all complaints made to Australia?s windfarm commissioner relate to turbines that have not yet been built, the man tasked with the job has said.
Andrew Dyer was appointed as the country?s first windfarm commissioner in October and started in the role the following month. Since November he has received complaints relating to 12 wind farms, affecting 42 residents.
Dyer told Senate estimates on Monday that 50% of complaints ? of which he did not have a specific number ? related...
Australia: Energy-efficient housing to get $250m boost from Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Guardian: The Turnbull government will announce $250m in loans for energy-efficient public housing on Tuesday, funded by an agency it is still seeking to abolish. The $250m will be provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to community housing providers to fund up to 1,000 new energy-efficient homes for low-income earners. The government says it would still like to abolish the CEFC but cannot get the legislation through the Senate. Instead it is merging the body into a new division in the environment...
Australia: CSIRO climate cuts attack a national treasure when we need it most
Guardian: The decision to gut Australia?s government science agency of climate research may seem hard to fathom. But let?s pause from the hyperventilation of the past week and ask whether there is an underlying logic.
Could the shift from studying how climate changes, to studying ways of mitigating and adapting to climate change, be a good thing?
The CSIRO?s chief executive, Larry Marshall, who is responsible for the decision, has deployed several arguments in defending the move. Let?s take a look at...
Wind power providing almost half of Scotland?s energy supply
Scotsman: WIND power provided almost half of Scotland`s entire energy needs last month, new research has shown.
There were 22 days in January when the amount of electricity generated from the wind was sufficient to power every home in the country.
WWF Scotland analysed data on renewable power provided by Weather Energy, and found wind turbines supplied a total of 1,125,544 Megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity to the national grid.
While this is 14% lower than in January 2015, it still amounts to 48%...