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).
How to Buy a Mine in Wisconsin
New York Times: Last year, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and the Republican-controlled State Legislature approved the world?s largest open-pit iron ore mine, a gash in the northern part of the state that could be as long as 21 miles, a half-mile wide and 1,000 feet deep. The mine legislation was bad enough from an environmental point of view: It allows the operator to fill streams with mine waste, eliminates public hearings and reduces the taxes the operator would have to pay. It turns out to be even more shocking...
Obama Opened Floodgates Offshore Fracking
Ring of Fire: In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior`s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").
With 21.6 million acres auctioned off by the Obama Administration and 433,822 acres receiving bids, some press accounts have declared BP America -- of 2010 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil spill infamy -- a big winner of the auction. If true, fracking and the...
?Ban Fracking in North Carolina?
Stokes News: An occasionally raucous crowd of nearly 450 sent a message to Raleigh Monday: Ban Fracking in North Carolina.
In rapid sequence, with no breaks, for four solid hours, 84 speakers appeared before the members of the NC Mining and Energy Commission in Reidsville, to comment on the state`s proposed rules on Oil and Gas exploration.
The theme was apparent: Either ban oil and gas drilling entirely, or write a better set of rules to protect citizens more than drillers. Or, as one speaker said, "Make...
Climate change tops UN summit agenda in Samoa
Al Jazeera: It is the biggest event the tiny Pacific nation of Samoa has ever seen.
A United Nations conference is getting underway to discuss the issues facing some of the world?s most vulnerable countries.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says economic and environmental sustainability will top the agenda.
Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Apia.
Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss
Agence France-Presse: Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average, a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent's icesheet, scientists said on Sunday.
Satellite data from 1992 to 2011 found the sea surface around Antarctica's coast rose by around eight centimetres (3.2 inches) in total compared to a rise of six cm for the average of the world's oceans, they said.
The local increase is accompanied by a fall in salinity at the sea surface, as detected by research...
On climate change, much work is needed to save our globe
Daily Star: A crack in a house?s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world?s population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not. Climate change, as we have known for years, is one such crack in the foundation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been studying the phenomenon since 1988. Twenty-two years ago, the...
Scientists identify deforested idle land as source of Indonesia "haze" fires
Reuters: A month after Singapore was shrouded in a thick haze produced by Indonesian fires in June 2013, scientist David Gaveau went to the source of the smoke in Riau province to survey the charred aftermath.
News reports attributed the haze to slash-and-burn forest clearance to make way for oil palm plantations. But what Gaveau, a scientist with the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), discovered during his five days examining the still-smouldering ground on Sumatra island...
Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns
Sydney Morning Herald: Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.
Atoll nations including Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands are seeing shifting rainfall patterns, rising sea-levels and ocean acidification that are forcing islanders to move, said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank's special...