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).
El Niņo Could Mean Extreme Weather, Fewer Anchovies
National Geographic: It looks like we're in for a strong, lengthy El Niņo this year.
Warmer-than-usual water in parts of the Pacific Ocean indicates that a developing El Niņo is intensifying and might become one of the strongest on record. And National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists think the weather phenomenon probably will continue through the winter of 2015-16, and into the spring of 2016.
El Niņos have been occurring at least since the end of the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago. But scientists...
Russia's Absence in the Climate Debate
RTCC: Almost a year and a half into international sanctions, Russia finds itself looking forward to the UN climate summit in December from a bizarre diplomatic limbo.
It is not clear whether the country has any real allies left outside its traditional small circle of post-Soviet friends sans Ukraine, yet there is neither open antagonism nor reasons to expect trouble in Paris.
Russian officials were nowhere to be seen at the most recent Major Economies Forum meeting in Luxembourg, a distinctly US-dominated...
Earth now halfway to UN global warming limit
New Scientist: IT`S the outcome the world wants to avoid, but we are already halfway there. All but one of the main trackers of global surface temperature are now passing more than 1 °C of warming relative to the second half of the 19th century, according to an exclusive analysis done for New Scientist.
We could also be seeing the end of the much-discussed slowdown in surface warming since 1998, meaning this is just the start of a period of rapid warming. "There`s a good chance the hiatus is over," says Kevin...
'We will not back down' on power plan -- White House
Greenwire: President Obama is prepared to defend U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan with his veto pen, even if riders come attached to must-pass legislation, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said this morning.
Speaking at an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by New Republic, McDonough said the president anticipated Republicans would launch a host of attacks against the carbon rule for existing power plants.
"When it comes to the Clean Power Plan, let me say this: We will not back down. We will finalize...
Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a 'present security threat'
Mashable: For the first time, the U.S. Department of Defense has detailed what it views as its greatest challenges related to climate change.
In a report to Congress, the Defense Department said that global warming poses a "present security threat, not strictly a long-term risk."
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The report, delivered to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday and publicly released Wednesday, further stated the Defense Department is "already observing...
Before time of global warming, data shows spring sprung later
InsideClimate: If actions do indeed speak louder than words, plants and animals are telling us in no uncertain terms that human-caused climate change is changing their lives--with potentially dire consequences for the ecosystem.
According to one of the largest troves of ecological data from the past, living organisms are already responding to the rise in temperatures from global warming. By digitizing more than 11,000 records from the 19th century that chronicled the flowering of plants and trees, the springtime...
Frightening Interactive Wildfire Map Shows That the West Is on Fire
EcoWatch: Climate Central, a dedicated team of scientists and journalists researching climate change, has put together an interactive map that shows in real time the active wildfires in the U.S. Each flame icon indicates an active wildfire.
Climate Central explains:
Hover over a given fire to see its name, and if you zoom in you?ll be able to see the outline of the area that?s burning--the so-called fire perimeter. If you click within the perimeter, a window pops up showing the fire?s size in acres,...
Toxic Floods From Coal Mines and Power Plants Hit Vietnam?s Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site
EcoWatch: Ongoing downpours in northeastern Vietnam have resulted in toxic spills and flooding from multiple coal mine and power plant sites in the province surrounding the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site.
?The likelihood of both immediate and ongoing health and environmental hazards for locals and the rare environment are clearly increasing by the hour and the scale of this event cannot be understated,? said Donna Lisenby, Clean and Safe Energy campaign manager for Waterkeeper Alliance.
The events of...