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).
Europe's Record Heat Tied Directly to Climate Change
Weather Channel: As 2014 comes to a close, Europe is virtually certain to lock in its hottest year in more than 500 years, and according to research by three independent teams of climate scientists, the record can be closely attributed to climate change.
The three groups, from the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, each using a different method, found that Europe should best its previous heat record set in 2007, and that setting that record has been made at least 35 to 80 times more likely by the manmade rise...
German energy use sinks to lowest level since reunification
BusinessGreen: Energy demand in Germany is set to fall by nearly five per cent over the course of this year, new figures this week predict, providing further evidence the government's Energiewende transition to a low carbon energy system is starting to build momentum. According to predictions by the industry-backed group AG Energiebilanzen (Energy Balances), German energy use fell to 445.5 million tonnes of coal equivalent this year, a drop of 4.8 per cent compared to 2013. As a result, the group reiterated its...
Shrink ship bubbles ?for climate fix?
BBC: Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.
Scientists from University of Leeds, UK, say this would create a brighter wake behind a vessel and reflect more sunlight back into space.
However, it could also increase rainfall in some areas.
The findings were presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
This is the latest idea from the hotly debated field of geoengineering...
Jeb Bush is no moderate and he won?t fight climate change
Grist: This week, following months of slobbering coverage from mainstream and nominally liberal journalists, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) announced that he will ?actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States." If anyone suggests that could be good news for the climate, don?t buy it.
Center-left establishment journalists like to demonstrate their nonpartisan credentials by finding at least one Republican presidential candidate to hold up as the exemplar of reasonable,...
Mount Kenya?s Vanishing Glaciers
New York Times: In 1941, an Italian civil servant named Felice Benuzzi was captured by Allied forces and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in East Africa. The camp faced Mount Kenya, 17,000 feet high, and Benuzzi found himself staring longingly at that larger, snow-blanketed world from the smallness of his own. Eventually he couldn?t help himself; he decided to climb the mountain. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage Indian children carrying coal to a crushing machine in the state of Meghalaya. India...
EPA expected issue new regulations for disposal of coal ash
Guardian: Six years after a catastrophic coal ash spill took out part of a Tennessee town, 10 months after a cascade of toxic grey sludge fouled a North Carolina river, the Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules for the disposal of coal ash on Friday.
The new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency ? issued in response to a lawsuit brought by Earthjustice and other campaign groups - will provide the first controls for the handling and storage of coal ash, the toxic waste left behind...
Clearing tropical rainforests distorts Earth's wind & water systems, packs climate wallop
ScienceDaily: A new study released today presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution. Further, the study finds that future agricultural productivity across the globe is at risk from deforestation-induced warming and altered rainfall patterns.
The report, "Effects of Tropical Deforestation on Climate Change and Agriculture,"...
No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania
National Public Radio: Pennsylvania's fracking boom has led to record-breaking natural gas production, but its neighbor, New York, announced Wednesday it was banning the practice. Industry and environmental groups say New York's decision could be good for Pennsylvania.
New York's ban comes six years after the state placed a temporary moratorium on fracking to study the gas drilling technique. Now, officials question fracking's economic benefits and cite environmental risks.
"There are many red flags because scientific...