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).
Without passing single law, Obama crafts bold environmental plan
Age: President Barack Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any previous occupant of the White House. Yet it is very likely that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.
Instead, Obama has turned to the vast reach of the Clean Air Act of 1970, which some legal experts call the most powerful environmental law in the world. Faced with a Congress that has shut down his attempts to push through an environmental...
How could man intervene to change the climate?
BBC: Imagine the trouble that would ensue if China resorted to desperate measures to cool its climate but the result was that the Indian Monsoon suddenly failed.
Or that India tried to head off a rise in temperatures only to find that Pakistan suffered from massive flooding.
Or that the United States took drastic action to fight global warming and then saw that great tracts of Africa were suddenly left without any rain.
These are some of the nightmare scenarios conjured up by the latest thinking...
New Zealand Warned of Higher Storm Surges, King Tides as Sea Levels Rise
Business Times: New Zealand's infrastructure on low-lying areas and coastal properties are under threat from sea level rises as much as 30 centimetres. A new environment report has warned that rising sea levels due to global warming will have a significant impact to the people of New Zealand.
A storm cloud passes over bathers who prepare to leave Sydney's Manly Beach during an afternoon storm March 5, 2014. The storm, which generated little rain but high gusts of wind, was blown out to sea.
In a report released...
UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EU
Guardian: An international deal on global warming must have legally binding targets, Europe will argue at a UN climate summit in Peru next week.
The Lima conference is intended to deliver the first draft of an accord to cut carbon emissions and stave off dangerous climate change, which is expected to be signed at a UN conference in Paris next year.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior EU official in Brussels said that the bloc had not abandoned its position that any agreement on emissions cuts...
Reef Erosion With Acidity: A 'Double Whammy'
Nature World: Here's something you may not have known: tropical coral reefs are constantly building up and breaking down. In healthy ecosystems, the building will outpace the breakdown, keeping reefs growing and sturdy even as their erosion feeds predators (like worms and the unusual parrotfish).
However, in recent years, researchers have begun to worry that in the wake of elevated levels of ocean acidity our reefs are eroding faster than they can grow.
Extensive records have shown that one of the most iconic...
Africa hopes Lima meeting will re-energize climate talks
Deutsche Welle: At the upcoming UN climate change meeting in Lima (COP 20), African groups are hoping that progress can be made towards the goal of reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. COP 20 - the acronym for the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - begins in Lima, Peru, on December 1, 2014. It is seen by environmental experts as a crucial springboard to COP 21 in Paris a year later, where it is hoped a binding and universal agreement on limiting the effects...
What's At Stake in Lima Climate Talks
Climate Central: It's nearly time for a reboot on global climate action.
The Kyoto Protocol of 2008 through 2012 succeeded in introducing the world to the concept of coordinated climate action. Aside from creating a weak European carbon market, however, it did little to actually ratchet greenhouse gas levels. Nations that met their obligations under the protocol did so with the help of economic downturns. The U.S. never ratified the pact. Canada eventually withdrew, avoiding repercussions for the climate-changing...
China Pledges to Honor Emission-Cut Commitments
Beijing Review: The UN Climate Conference in Lima comes on the heels of China and the U.S. reaching a major agreement on climate change at the APEC Summit in Beijing earlier this month.
As part of that deal, the Chinese side has agreed to cap its carbon-emission growth by 2030, on top of generating one-fifth of its power through renewable sources by that same time.
"It's 16 years before 2030. There will be many uncertainties ahead, including economic and social development and resources. I believe the goal...