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).
Fukushima's children at centre of debate over rates of thyroid cancer
Guardian: When doctors found several tiny nodules on his 12-year-old daughter's thyroid gland, Toshiyuki Kamei refused to let parental fear get the better of him. The symptoms are not uncommon, and the probability that they will develop into something more serious is low.
Yet Kamei can be forgiven for occasional moments of doubt: his daughter, Ayako, is one of almost 400,000 children who were living in Fukushima on 11 March 2011 ? the start of the world's worst nuclear accident for a quarter of a century....
California Democrats call for marijuana legalization, fracking ban
LA Times: California Democrats on Sunday unanimously approved a platform that calls for the legalization of marijuana and an immediate ban on the oil-and-gas industry practice known as fracking.
There was no debate on the proposals, only cheers and then a voice vote at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where a few hundred delegates gathered on the final day of the state Democratic Party's annual convention.
On the marijuana issue, state Democrats "support the legalization, regulation and taxation of...
New ozone-destroying chemicals found in atmosphere
Guardian: Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed.
The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroyers in 1987. Scientists said the finding of the chemicals circulating in the atmosphere showed "ozone depletion is not yesterday's story."
Bummer. Climate change will shrink gnarly Aussie waves
New Scientist: Bodacious tubes on Australia's east coast are being wiped out by global warming. That's the finding from research predicting that, at current rates, climate change will crush those big waves. By the end of the century they will be two-thirds of the size they are today
The effect of climate change on waves around the globe has been poorly understood because climate models don't always accurately predict surface winds, which drive waves.
Andrew Dowdy and his colleagues from the Australian Bureau...
How much hotter is the planet going to get?
New Scientist: he climate is highly sensitive to carbon dioxide, according to several new studies, which means that our greenhouse gas emissions will lead to strong warming. The finding suggests we need to cut emissions fast if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. This may seem surprising given that the slower warming in the past decade has led some to conclude that the sensitivity of the climate is low. But the latest findings show that the cooling effect of aerosol pollution from factories and fires has...
Next fracking controversy: In Midwest, a storm brews over 'frac sand'
Monitor: Kyle Slaby bounds up the slope behind his house, stopping at the sandstone outcrop he hopes will save his family's farm. The Slabys grow corn and soybeans on the ridgeline above. But these days there's more money ? a lot more ? in mining the sand below. "A lot of people look on it as an extension of farming," Mr. Slaby says. "It's another crop you're harvesting." Sand has become a valuable ? and deeply divisive ? commodity in the upper Midwest. Hydraulic fracturing, a method of extraction also...
Vt.'s Sen. Sanders to lead climate "wake-up" call
Associated Press: Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will help lead an overnight session of the Senate's Climate Action Task Force in what he terms a wake-up call on global warming.
Sanders -- an Independent who is co-sponsor of a bill that would tax carbon and methane emissions -- will be joined by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Maine Sen. Angus King and two dozen other task force members.
The overnight session will take place on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning.
Sanders says the overnight...
Mysterious new man-made gases pose threat ozone layer
BBC: Scientists have identified four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.
Two of the gases are accumulating at a rate that is causing concern among researchers.
Worries over the growing ozone hole have seen the production of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases restricted since the mid 1980s.
But the precise origin of these new, similar substances remains a mystery, say scientists.
Lying in the atmosphere, between 15 and 30km above the surface of the Earth,...