Energy and Environment Scholar, The Brookings Institution
• Chair, Energy and Climate Change Working Group, Clinton Global Initiative (present);
• Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. State Department;
• Senior Director for Environmental Affairs, National Security Council;
• Associate Director for the Global Environment, White House Council on Environmental Quality;
• Executive Vice President, World Wildlife Fund; and
• Attorney, Office of General Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
AWARDS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Member, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law;
• Co-Chair, ABA Annual Conference on Environmental Law;
• Member, Sustainable Development Roundtable, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and
• Stimson Fellow, Yale University.
• Yale College (B.A., Philosophy, 1978); and
• University of Michigan (J.D., 1982).
In Indonesia, new Riau burning season threatens
Reuters: One of Indonesia's most unique biosphere reserves is at risk of being destroyed by forest fires unless local and national government can work together to save it, a UNESCO expert says.
Covering around 700,000 hectares of the Bengkalis and Siak subdistricts of Riau province, Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu was declared a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 2009, in recognition of the way it balances conservation and sustainable use.
Giam Siak is home to two wildlife reserves that provide a sanctuary...
Federal Study: Biofuels worse than gasoline
Associated Press: Could ethanol be worse for the environment than gasoline? A new study says yes.
The study, paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.
The research challenges the Obama administration's conclusions that biofuels are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change.
The study is being criticized by the biofuels industry and the president's administration as...
California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses And Even Schools
National Public Radio: Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California's Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations. Michael's multi-million-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons. But recently, he's pretty pessimistic about work. "It is going to be a year that's probably, at best, maybe break even. Or maybe lose some money," Michael tells NPR's Arun Rath. Michael says about one-fifth of the land will lie fallow this year. So...
The Slow Decline Of Biofuels - Corn Stover Inclusion Won't Help
Science 2.0: Biofuels - ethanol - were trumpeted as being a renewable alternative to fossil fuels for decades. Finally, in 2005, it got the mandates and subsidies environmentalists insisted were necessary to make inroads against a mature industry like petroleum.
Immediately, what scientists knew became evident - they were more resource intensive to produce, were no better for emissions, and subsidies insured there was no reason to get more efficient. Worse, the gold rush of government money drove up corn prices,...
Setbacks Aside, Climate Change Is Finding Its Way Into the World's Classrooms
New York Times: From Mauritius to Manitoba, climate change is slowly moving from the headlines to the classroom. Schools around the world are beginning to tackle the difficult issue of global warming, teaching students how the planet is changing and encouraging them to think about what they can do to help slow that process. Strapped school budgets, concerns about overburdening teachers and political opposition to what in some places is a contentious subject have complicated the spread of lessons on climate change....
United Kingdom: Why Wales needs both a Severn barrage and tidal lagoons
Wales Online: A combination of tidal lagoons on Wales' north coast and a barrage in the Severn could provide round the clock generating capacity, Roger Falconer writes
In recent months Wales has experienced some of the worst winter storms in recent years, with some of the most extreme coastal erosion and flooding occurring since records began.
Various other parts of the UK, such as the Somerset Levels and the Severn Estuary, also experienced unprecedented flooding of properties and agricultural land, primarily...
Drilling holes in ice sheds light on future
U-T San Diego: For nearly two decades, Jeff Severinghaus has unearthed time capsules buried in polar ice.
They chronicle past epochs of Earth?s history, record ice ages and act as thermometers of the prehistoric sea. The objects of Severinghaus? exploration are tiny vaults of fresh air, preserved for thousands of years in some of the oldest ice on the planet.
Scientists extract these time-stamped bubbles of ancient air from ice cores drilled thousands of meters below the surface.
?What we get is, ultimately,...
Climate changes visible by ZIP code with new online tools
USA Today: With the click of a computer mouse, the potential risks of rising sea levels will soon be searchable - by ZIP code - for all U.S. coastal communities.
An online mapping tool will show how much sea levels are expected to rise in each area, as well as the number of residents and buildings that could be flooded. Initially launched in March 2012 for New York, New Jersey and Florida, it will expand to cover New England on Wednesday, the Pacific states later this spring and the rest of the coastal U.S....