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).
Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Proposing To Fire 57 Environmental Agency Employees
Mother Jones: Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of Gov. Scott Walker's budget for the next two fiscal years...
The DNR's scientific staff conducts research on matters ranging from estimating the size of the state's deer herd to to studying the effects of aquatic invasive species. Work is paid for with state and federal funds...
All told, Walker's budget would cut 66 positions from the DNR. Of this,...
Global Warming Progressing Slower Than We Thought
Nature World: "Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario is more likely, at least for now," researcher Patrick T. Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University, said in a statement. "But this could change."
The new findings, based on 1,000 years of temperature records, shows that natural variability in surface temperatures - caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors - can account for observed changes in the recent rates of warming from...
State of the Earth in Four Climate Trends
Scientific Ameircan: What better day to step back and take stock of the planet than Earth Day? Started in 1970 to raise awareness in the U.S. about the environmental state of the planet, Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 190 countries and has led to the creation of legislation in the U.S. aimed at protecting the environment. But one global trend has continued to alter the world--the rise of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, which have led to an ever-rising average global temperature.
Climate Change is Coming for U.S. Energy Infrastructure
ClimateWire: Climate change will be a major factor in the future of power lines, natural gas pipelines, fuel depots and rail tanker cars, according to the Department of Energy's first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), released yesterday.
The 348-page document, stemming from the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, focused on how hydrocarbons and electrons get from point A to point B, mapping out the current state of affairs and recommending pathways to ensure that energy reliably gets...
Almost half Vanuatu people lack clean water month after cyclone: UNICEF
Reuters: More than 100,000 people in Vanuatu have no clean drinking water, a month after a monster cyclone struck the tiny Pacific nation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
Two thirds of the archipelago's water and sanitation infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed and most wells are contaminated, UNICEF said in a statement.
"There is water but quality is not that good because of the contamination," Ketsamay Rajphangthong, chief of UNICEF Vanuatu field office, told...
'PLANETARY' Documentary Gives Astronaut's-Eye View Fragile Earth
Yahoo: Fifteen years ago, a teenage Guy Reid was so passionate about the environment that he was handing out books about it to his friends. The trouble was, nobody wanted to read about the troubles facing the planet.
Reid's answer was to produce documentaries about the environment and space, with a helping hand from former NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison.
Reid's latest release, called "PLANETARY," launches on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22). The film urges viewers to reduce the fast pace...
Obama to use Everglades trip to press climate agenda
New York Times: President Obama on Wednesday will make his first visit while in office to the Florida Everglades, choosing the backyard of a former Republican governor of the state, Jeb Bush, and its Republican senator, Marco Rubio, to demand action on climate change in a critical battleground in the 2016 presidential election. Officially, Mr. Obama will be commemorating the 45th Earth Day with a series of announcements, including the designation of a national historic landmark at the home of the environmentalist...
Study finds low cost in reducing methane emissions
New York Times: Reducing methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the world could provide a relatively inexpensive way to fight climate change, according to a new report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund.
The amount of methane that escaped worldwide in 2012 was roughly 3.6 billion cubic feet and would have been worth $30 billion on the market, said Kate Larsen, a director of the Rhodium Group, which produced the study. A country that produced that amount of gas would rank seventh in the world,...