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).
Educated on climate science
Charleston Gazette: Some members of West Virginia?s Board of Education ? presumably swayed by the state?s polluting industries ? attempted to cast doubt over global warming by changing rules for discussion in Mountain State science classrooms. But protests from science teachers and others caused the board to reverse itself. That?s fortunate ? because, a couple of days later, top federal scientists reported that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded around the planet, and that 14 of the 15 warmest years have occurred...
Virginia?s move to cut emissions the smart way
Washington Post: WHETHER REPUBLICAN state leaders like it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency is going to require them to cut their states? greenhouse-gas emissions. They can choose to do it the easy way or the hard way. One Virginia Republican is proposing they choose the easy way ? and the smart way. Starting next year, the EPA will demand that every state?s power sector meet specific emissions targets, with the goal of cutting the electricity industry?s national carbon footprint by 30 percent of 2005...
Bangladesh aims be world's 'first solar nation'
Reuters: Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home.
Why the surprise? The community has no connection to the country's power grid.
The owner of the house, Rafiqul Islam, is one of around 15 million Bangladeshis whose homes are now powered by solar home systems, or SHS, under a government scheme to provide clean power to communities...
Climate change could impact poor much more than previously thought
Guardian: It?s widely accepted that climate change will have bigger negative impacts on poorer countries than wealthy ones. However, a new economic modeling study finds that the economic impacts on these poorer countries could be much larger than previous estimates.
As a result, they suggest that we should be aiming to limit global warming to near, or perhaps even less than the international target of 2°C. This conclusion is in sharp contrast to current economic models, which generally conclude that the...
EU paper calls for binding CCS targets by 2030
Guardian: European countries should be given binding targets for installing technology to capture and store carbon emissions, according to a new report for the European commission.
The UN?s climate science panel says such technology could have to account for over a fifth of the world?s carbon cuts by 2050 and the new paper, produced by consultants for the EC, says there is a ?genuine and urgent? need for it in Europe.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an experimental technology that traps emissions...
Last year tied with 2010 as warmest on record: British data
Reuters: Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014.
The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average surface temperatures last year were 0.56 degree Celsius (1.0 Fahrenheit) above the long-term average of 1961-90.
"This ranks 2014 as the joint warmest...
Cool off w/ emissions cuts
Post and Courier: NASA recently stirred a minor controversy with a release proclaiming 2014 as the warmest year on record. The claim was picked up by President Obama in last week?s State of the Union speech.
Not so fast, according to Berkeley Earth, an independent climate think tank in California. It said 2014 was only ?nominally? the warmest because ?within the margin of error, it is tied with 2005 and 2010 and so we can?t be certain it set a new record.?
Either way, though, the 2014 numbers extend a pattern...
Polar bear penis bone weakened by pollution
New Scientist: First climate change, now penile fracture - polar bears have got it pretty rough. Chemical pollutants may be reducing the density of the bears' penis bones, putting them at risk of breaking this most intimate part of their anatomy.
Various mammals, though not humans, have a penis bone, also known as penile bone or baculum. Its exact function is unclear: it could be just a by-product of evolution, or it may help support the penis or stimulate the female during mating.
Christian Sonne at Aarhus...