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).
Wisconsin: Big mining experiment fades away
Kenosha News: Wisconsin's great test of whether environmentalists and iron miners can be friends, or could at least live together in peace, will have to wait for another time.
Gogebic Taconite, the company that planned a huge iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin, announced Friday that it was closing its office in Hurley and that the mine, which was projected to employ up to 700 people, was "unfeasible at this time, ' according to a brief item by the Associated Press.
In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal...
A Bad River Win; Gogebic Taconite Putting Wisc. Mine on Hold
Indian Country: Gogebic Taconite announced last week that it is closing its office in Hurley, Wisconsin and, for now, putting plans on hold to build a huge open pit iron ore mine in the pristine Penokee Mountains in Northern Wisconsin. The proposed 4.5 mile wide mine would have produced 8 million tons of finished taconite annually, rivaling the huge Hibbing Taconite in Minnesota according to a report in the Duluth Tribune.
The planned area of the Wisconsin mine is located directly over the Great Northern Divide...
Researchers: Rising seas threaten rare Everglades plants
Associated Press: Rising sea levels and invasive species increasingly threaten rare plants in Everglades National Park that have not yet recovered from damage caused by orchid collectors long ago or attempts to drain the swamps, according to a 10-year survey released Monday. The report by the Institute for Regional Conservation concludes that the unique plants native to South Florida may be lost despite multibillion-dollar efforts to restore the wetlands. Other studies of the Everglades` natural resources have reached...
California?s terrifying forecast: In future, it could face droughts nearly every year
Washington Post: Not long ago, scientists at NASA and two major universities warned of an inevitable ?megadrought? that will parch the southwestern United States for 35 years, starting around 2050. By then, a new study says, Californians should be fairly accustomed to long, harsh and dry conditions. Over the past 15 years, temperatures have been rising in the Golden State, resulting in annual periods of extreme and blazing heat, while the cycle of low and moderate precipitation cycles have not changed since 1977....
Lifespan of consumer electronics is getting shorter, study finds
Guardian: Electronic product life spans are getting shorter, an investigation of built-in obsolescence for the German environment agency has indicated.
But consumers? desire to replace products such as flat-screen TVs with newer model is also a major factor in what the research identified as increasingly wasteful consumption of electronic goods.
The environment agency asked Öko-Institut researchers to examine consumers? reasons for replacing electrical and electronic appliances with a view to establishing...
Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth: TRFN
Reuters: Yields of cassava, a key crop feeding millions of people across Africa, are not keeping pace with population growth despite its tolerance for climate change, a leading scientist said.
More than half the world's cassava, a high-energy root crop, is grown in sub-Saharan Africa, where it is often the cheapest source of calories for poor people, said Clair Hershey, programme leader at the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).
"More than 200 million people rely on...
Researchers Link Syrian Conflict to a Drought Made Worse by Climate Change
New York Times: Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011.
The drought was the worst in the country in modern times, and in a study published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists laid the blame for it on a century-long trend toward...
Climate Change Researcher Offers a Defense of His Practices
New York Times: The scientist at the center of a controversy over fossil-fuel funding for climate research denounced his critics on Monday and said that he would be ?happy to comply? with possible additional disclosure requirements from scientific journals publishing his papers. In his first detailed public statement since the controversy erupted more than a week ago, the scientist, Wei-Hock Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, complained that he had been the subject of unfair...