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).
Get Off the Beach? Hell No. Why Shore People Don't Get Climate People
Bloomberg: When Hurricane Sandy came, Deborah Star Reed stayed home. Irene, the year before, had been over-hyped. Her 1919 concrete house was left unscathed by Donna in 1960 and the ?Big One? of 1938.
So, on Oct. 29, 2012, the retired construction worker was munching on spare ribs with a friend, having ignored the evacuation warnings, when the first wave crashed into her home at the edge of New York?s Jamaica Bay. Hours later, hip-deep in water next to a bobbing piano, she began to pray.
Reed is still...
New research quantifies what's causing sea level to rise
Guardian: There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a study by scientists Sarah Purkey, Gregory Johnson, and Don Chambers was published. This team was responsible for a 2010 paper that was groundbreaking in that it quantified very deep (abyssal) sea warming. This latest paper is, in some respects, a continuation...
Ice Age Extinctions Could Predict Modern Die-Offs
LiveScience: During the last Ice Age, huge mammals roamed North America. Those mammoths, saber-toothed cats and giant sloths disappeared about 12,000 years ago -- the same time as humans arrived and Earth's climate warmed from its glacial chill.
Scientists have long debated the cause of the mass extinction, whether humans or climate change. But now, researchers are beginning to turn from investigating the cause to better understanding its impact. The loss of so many of those large species, or megafauna, could...
Transitioning to Urban Resilience
EcoWatch: If current trends continue, by 2050 70 percent of the world?s population will live in cities, according to the Action4Climate video competition film Rotterdam?The Transition to Urban Resilience. Filmmaker Lieke ?t Gilde says it?s time to recognize the city as a natural ecosystem in order to meet human needs now and in the future. Gilde says that ?nature-based and innovative solutions are essential for a sustainable future for cities all over the planet.? The film takes place in Rotterdam, the second-largest...
Solar Grid Parity In All 50 US States By 2016, Predicts Deutsche Bank
Clean Technica: Rooftop solar PV will reach grid parity in 50 US states by 2016 ? up from just 10 now ? setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake in household and commercial rooftop solar in the world?s biggest economy.
That?s the prediction of Vishal Shah, the leading solar industry analyst at Deutsche Bank, who says that declining system costs, customer acquisition costs, financing costs and rising volumes should drive significant scale benefits .
Shah?s prediction was included in his first...
Climate Change Concerns Push Chile to Forefront of Carbon Tax Movement
New York Times: These are rough times for carbon taxes, aimed at mitigating climate change. Australia recently repealed its carbon tax. South Korea delayed a carbon-based tax on vehicle emissions. South Africa put off a planned carbon tax until 2016. And yet, for environmentalists, a sliver of hope exists in the shape of Chile, one of Latin America?s fastest-growing economies, which last month approved the first carbon tax in South America. The measure, due to take effect in 2018, was part of a broad overhaul of...
If we want to make climate action happen we need to hear about the solutions
Guardian: Our efforts to cut carbon emissions aren?t working and no-one else cares. Give up. It?s not a great thought to start the day, but that?s the defeatist message Britain woke up to a couple of weeks ago, when the BBC?s Today Programme interviewed newly-sacked climate-sceptic environment secretary, Owen Paterson. This climate defeatism also swirled around the rapturous reaction to Paterson?s argument from the usual suspects in the media. Having failed to undermine public acceptance of climate science...
Australia: Abbot Point: study on dumping spoil in wetlands not required, Hunt says
Guardian: The federal government has waived the need for a full environmental impact study into the dumping of dredging spoil onto sensitive wetlands under the plan to expand the Abbot Point coal port in Queensland.
The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has agreed to a request by Queensland?s deputy premier, Jeff Seeney, to assess the controversial project using only paperwork from a discredited original plan to dump spoil in Great Barrier Reef waters.
The Australian Greens and environmental groups...