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).
Shortage of safe land blocks Sri Lanka disaster relocation efforts
Reuters: Every time the wind picks up in the night, the Karunadasas get the shivers.
The couple has been living in this remote village in the western foothills of Sri Lanka?s central mountains for over five decades. But since May, when a massive landslide hit another mountain slope 15 kilometers away, they have struggled to sleep at night.
The landslide, which followed relentless rainfall, buried 130 people in the Egalpitiya area. But the Karunadasa?s village may have been on the verge of slipping as...
'Climate change, erosion pushing new generations to poverty along Ganga'
Money Life: Climate change and vicious river bank erosion in the post-Farakka Barrage period have blurred the lines between the rich and the poor and are pushing successive generations to grinding poverty along the lower stretches of the mighty Ganga in West Bengal. The frequent nature of erosion is induced by hydraulic control by the commissioning of the barrage in 1975 and Indo-Bangladesh water sharing treaty of 1977 and 1996, experts say. And the famed weaver's colony (taantis) in Shantipur block of West...
Could climate change affect your day fishing? Ontario researcher presents findings in Washington DC
CBC.ca: A Thunder Bay researcher with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has just returned from briefing Senate staff in Washington, D.C. on the potential impacts of climate change on North America's recreational fishery.
The invitation to speak on Capitol Hill came from the United States Geological Survey, following his participation in a number of conferences and workshops on the issue, says Len Hunt, who holds a PhD in geography and environmental studies from Wilfrid Laurier University....
TransCanada Asks $15 Billion for Keystone XL Rejection
Environment News Service: This weekend, TransCanada moved forward with a lawsuit against the United States under the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, seeking US$15 billion in damages due to President Barack Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The Keystone XL Pipeline Project was a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline, beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. It was supposed to carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands...
United Kingdom: How London Array blows away the competition in green energy
Guardian: At the widest point of the Greater Thames estuary, 12 miles north of the Kent coast and 12 miles south of Essex, lies the London Array ? the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world. Completed in 2013, after 10 years of planning and construction, it covers an area of 40 square miles ? roughly the same size of Bristol ? and comprises 175 individual turbines laid out in neat rows like an enormous nursery flower bed.
?Standing on a boat in the middle of the wind farm surrounded by these...
Risks, ethics and consent: Australia shouldn?t become world?s nuclear wasteland
Conversation: Last month the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission recommended that the state government develop a business venture to store a large fraction of the world?s high- and intermediate-level nuclear power station wastes in South Australia. It proposes to do this by first building an interim above-ground store, to be followed by permanent underground repository.
But the commission?s recommendation is based on several debatable assumptions, including:
an economic analysis that purports...
Obama's New Clean Energy Goal For North America: 50 Percent By 2025
National Public Radio: President Obama and his counterparts from Canada and Mexico are preparing to unveil an ambitious new goal for generating carbon-free power when they meet this week in Ottawa.
The three leaders are expected to set a target for North America to get 50 percent of its electricity from nonpolluting sources by 2025. That's up from about 37 percent last year.
Aides acknowledge that's a "stretch goal," requiring commitments over and above what the three countries agreed to as part of the Paris climate...
Republican Voters Evenly Split on Climate Change, Poll Finds
Morning Consult: Most voters, including about half of Republicans, believe the climate is changing and the federal government should step in to cut greenhouse gases, according to new polling commissioned by a group of right-leaning energy-focused organizations. The groups will present their findings Tuesday at an event in Washington, D.C. According to the poll conducted by Just Win Strategies and TargetPoint Consulting, 68 percent of all respondents said they want federal government action ?to reduce emissions...