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).
Wildlife thriving around Chernobyl nuclear plant despite radiation
Guardian: Wildlife is abundant around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant, despite the presence of radiation released by the world?s most catastrophic nuclear explosion nearly three decades ago, researchers have found.
The number of elk, deer and wild boar within the Belarusian half of the Chernobyl exclusion zone today are around the same as those in four nearby uncontaminated nature reserves.
Wolves, which are commonly hunted in the region because of their impact on livestock, were seven times...
Confusing government policy biggest threat to UK clean energy, says top academic
Guardian: The biggest threat to renewable energy in the UK, and the country?s energy systems, comes from a lack of clarity on the part of government, a leading academic has said.
Rob Gross, director of the centre for energy policy at Imperial College London, said on Monday: ?[There is a] lack of clarity over what they want people to do. This lack of clarity is erasing investment in everything. With more clarity, you would get more investment.?
Under the ?political machinations? of the previous coalition...
Germany offers India ?2 billion in solar, clean energy funds
Climate Home: Germany will deliver EUR2 billion (US$2.2 bn) to India in a deal aimed to boost solar energy and green developments across the country, the countries revealed on Monday.
According to a joint statement, EUR1 billion has been offered over five years to help India meet a goal of deploying 100 gigawatts of solar by 2022.
A further billion will go towards "green energy corridors" linking major cities, and boosting electricity access in rural areas.
India prime minister Narendra Modi said he had...
Is Climate Change Risk a Consideration in Your Portfolio?
Nasdaq: What should we fear most? 'Events dear boy, events,' was British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's answer. This rings true when surveying the VW debacle . The company's cheating on emissions tests has instantly crashed its reputation and, to some extent, that of an industry and entire country. Investors have been reminded that risk and opportunity are, by definition, uncertain. Climate change risks stretch beyond the familiar areas of utilities and fossil fuel producers. Cutting corners to avoid...
Jeb Bush?s energy plan
Washington Post: JEB BUSH laid out an energy plan last week that hardly addresses climate change. Given what passes for climate debate in the Republican Party, maybe we should be grateful that Mr. Bush didn?t use the rollout to indulge in climate know-nothingism. By any reasonable measure, however, it?s breathtakingly irresponsible: Mr. Bush?s plan is silent on one of the country?s greatest challenges.
Mr. Bush?s plan starts sensibly. Pushing back against the excesses of environmental activists, he proposes lifting...
South Carolina Braces for More Flooding as Rain Persists
New York Times: South Carolina emergency officials warned that flooding would continue Monday in ?more than half? of the state, as rescue crews continued to extricate residents from inundated neighborhoods. Many other residents navigated a state in disarray, with broken waterlines, impassable roads and thousands of power failures. An unrelenting storm system partly fed by moisture from Hurricane Joaquin has been pounding the state since Thursday. Gov. Nikki R. Haley on Sunday called the resultant flooding ?an incident...
UN publishes draft slimmed-down Paris climate change deal
Guardian: A new draft of the potential global agreement on climate change, to be negotiated this December in Paris, has been published by the United Nations.
The text is a crucial step forward for the talks, as previous versions of the draft were judged to be too long and unwieldy for negotiators to grapple with in time for the December deadline.
Governments are meeting in Paris to forge a new global agreement on the climate, including cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, that will take effect from 2020,...
Emissions targets out of reach without massive technological shift in Europe's basic industries
ScienceDaily: The targets for lower emissions of carbon dioxide from Europe's basic industries are out of reach, without urgent introduction of innovative carbon dioxide mitigation technologies. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology draw this conclusion after several years of research into carbon-intensive industry in Europe. "There is an urgent need to demonstrate and implement carbon capture and storage, CCS, and other carbon dioxide mitigation technologies," says Johan Rootzén, who recently presented...