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).
Faith Groups Divest From Fossil Fuels
Hispanic Business: Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies that release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
"The warning in scripture that 'the wages of sin is death' could not be more literally true than it is in the case of fossil fuels," said Serene Jones, president of New York's Union Theological Seminary, whose board voted earlier this summer to divest its $108.4 million...
Drought in California in pictures
Guardian: As the severe drought continues for a third year, water levels in the state?s lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows
Ohio River reopens as oil spill clean-up progresses
Reuters: The cleanup of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill from a Duke Energy Corp power plant into the Ohio River could stretch into Thursday, Duke said on Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened a 15-mile section of the river to limited traffic.
The Coast Guard closed a stretch of the river between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dayton, Kentucky, on Tuesday after late Monday's spill. The incident occurred during what Duke called a "routine transfer of fuel oil" at the company's 60-year-old W.C. Beckjord Station...
Understanding How Ancestors Today's Mammals Responded Climate Change
RedOrbit: About 10 million years into the current Cenozoic Era, or roughly 56 million years ago, during a climate that was hot and wet, two groups of mammals moved from land to water. These were the cetaceans, which include whales, dolphins and porpoises, and the sirenians, with its sea cows, manatees and dugongs.
Over time, their bodies began to adapt to their new environment. They lost their hind limbs, and their forelimbs began to resemble flippers. Their nostrils moved higher on their skulls. The cetaceans...
Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film
Politico: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.
"We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon -- now,' DiCaprio says in his narration of "Carbon,' released Wednesday.
"If national governments won't take action, your community can,' DiCaprio says. "We can move our economy town by town, state...
Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns
Environment News Service: Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian Development Bank warns in a new report.
The human and financial toll could be even higher if the damage from floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events is included, the bank says.
"South Asia's economy is under serious threat and the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Asians inhabiting the region's...
Change in critical grasslands diminishing cattle production
ASU: Half of the Earth?s land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs are taking over, leading to a loss of critical habitat and causing a drastic change in the ability of ecosystems to produce food ? specifically meat.
Half of the Earth's land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such...
Reason Climate Change Optimism as Forest Strategy Validated
Huffington Post: Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working.
For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical to controlling and eventually diminishing carbon emissions in the atmosphere -- and now a new study shows that this is true. The report, called "Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change" and released...