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).
Climate change rally in Sydney draws thousands of protesters
Sydney Morning Herald: Thousands of protesters have gathered in Sydney to urge leaders to take action on climate change, with environmentalist Tim Flannery declaring the event the "biggest climate march this country's ever seen".
People with drums, placards and costumes gathered in The Domain on Sunday, before the march down Macquarie Street to the Opera House, following speeches and performances calling on those at the Paris climate summit to shift more rapidly to renewable energy.
Huge crowds gather for Sydney...
Paris climate change talks: What different groups attending expect from crucial meetings
Independent: Almost 150 heads of state, including David Cameron, Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are heading to Paris for the start of the most important environmental meeting for decades. Ahead of the summit, more than 175 countries have tabled pledges (known as intended nationally determined contributions, or INDCs) to cut their carbon emissions which, if enacted, would be enough to limit global warming to 2.7C. But the United Nations has pledged to limit climate change to 2C ? and would...
Cap-and-trade is coming, Ontario
Toronto Sun: The provincial government has begun to outline its plans to introduce a cap-and-trade system in Ontario as it prepares to join the federal government at the climate change conference in Paris beginning Monday.
Cap-and-trade will put a price on carbon and, over time, limit the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario.
So far the province has been long on rhetoric about the need to combat climate change but short on key details, such as how much a cap-and-trade regime will cost Ontario...
Paris climate activists plan human chain on global day of action
Reuters: Activists plan to join arms and form a "human chain" in Paris on Sunday to urge action on global warming, in a muted rally after attacks on the city by Islamic State, at the heart of worldwide protests on the eve of a U.N. climate summit in France.
More than 2,000 climate events are planned in cities including Sydney, Jakarta, Berlin, London, Sao Paulo and New York, making it one of the biggest days of action on climate change in history, organizers say.
Activists in France scaled back their...
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Taylor, a construction supervisor for Chevron, had been battling a long-standing problem near a dormant well in the Midway-Sunset oil field. His job was to control leaks at Well 20 in a primordial tableau of sinkholes, small bubbling pools of scalding water and geysers that on occasion spewed...
Obama to Paris for climate summit amid global terror concerns, GOP vow to pull deal money
Fox: President Obama arrives Sunday in Paris to finalize a global climate-change pact that if completed would be a legacy-defining part of his presidency. But he awaits challenges at home and abroad, including questions about who will pay for the changes and whether terrorism is a more imminent concern.
On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans suggested last week that the GOP-led chamber must approve the Paris deal, or it will withhold billions that the U.S. has pledged, as part of the pact, to help poor...
COP21: Security crackdown in Paris sees climate change protesters under house arrest
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: French climate change activists have been placed under house arrest ahead of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris.
Public demonstrations are banned in France under the state of emergency that was declared after the Paris terrorist attacks two week ago, in which 130 people were killed.
Green groups have described the move as "an abuse of power" but the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the activists were suspected of planning violent protests.
"These 24 people...
Climate change is a form of terror
CNN: Four months and 1,300 miles ago, Erlend Moster Knudsen started running. Starting line: Arctic Norway. Destination: a U.N. climate change summit in Paris. I met the aerobically inclined climate scientist on the road last week in northern France. He ran (he is on his fourth pair of shoes) while I biked behind him, struggling to keep up. Freezing rain and snow pelted our faces as we traveled past misty fields, tile-roofed villages and Edward Scissorhands shrubbery. The whole thing was exhausting,...