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).
Water, climate, energy intertwined fight against poverty in Central America
Inter Press Service: Central America's toolbox to pull 23 million people - almost half of the population - out of poverty must include three indispensable tools: universal access to water, a sustainable power supply, and adaptation to climate change.
"These are the minimum, basic, necessary preconditions for guaranteeing survival," Víctor Campos, assistant director of the Humboldt Centre, a leading Nicaraguan environmental think tank, told IPS.
These three tools are especially important for agriculture, the engine...
As giant sequoias get a drought checkup, there's good news and bad
LA Times: Sixty feet from the top of a giant sequoia named Kong, biologist Anthony Ambrose studied the foliage around him. Dense clusters of green leaves grew like shaving brushes from the branches, cones clustered like Indian clubs.
Topping out 25 stories above the ground, Kong was spectacular, an ancient beastly creature well-suited for its name. Its trunk at the base measured 17 feet across.
This broccoli top, Ambrose thought, was doing well, much like the other sequoias he had climbed.
Rising sea level threatens coastal restoration, New Orleans levees, scientists say
Times-Picayune: Even as Louisiana embarks on a multi-billion-dollar program to begin rebuilding its coast, evidence continues to mount that new coastal land will have to contend with a more rapid rise in sea level than projected in present state plans. NASA officials Wednesday said the present rate of worldwide sea level rise has reached 3 millimeters a year (0.13 inch/year) and is increasing, the result of global warming. That compares to 1.7 millimeters a year for the entire 20th Century and 1.8 millimeters between...
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Independent: Climate scientists are predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record ?by a mile?, with the increase in worldwide average temperatures dramatically undermining the idea that global warming has stopped ? as some climate-change sceptics claim.
Even though there are still several months left in the year to gather temperature readings from around the world, climate researchers believe nothing short of a Krakatoa-sized volcanic eruption that cuts out sunlight for months on end can now stop...
Australia's pollution level seen rising beyond Abbott's target
Bloomberg: Australia?s greenhouse gas emissions are likely to rise in the next 15 years, missing by a wide margin a target proposed for United Nations talks on global warming, a team of researchers said.
Without further policies to stem pollution from fossil fuels, emissions will be 27 percent above 2005 levels by 2030, the researchers at Climate Action Tracker said in a report Friday. The findings cast doubt on a pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to lower emissions by at least 26 percent over the same...
Drought becoming ?new normal? for Californians
Climate News Network: One way or another, humans are to blame for the catastrophic drought in California that scientists say may be emerging as a ?new normal?.
Either humans have mismanaged the state?s water, or human-triggered global warming has begun to help turn America?s landscape of wine and roses into a dustbowl, according to two new studies.
And the arguments have relevance extending far beyond the US west, as the European Drought Observatory has warned that much of mainland Europe is now caught up in the...
Green group poll: 'Overwhelming majority' backs Obama climate rule
Hill: A survey commissioned by an environmental group found that 6 in 10 voters support President Obama?s landmark climate rule for power plants. The poll, released Thursday by the League of Conservation Voters, also concluded that 70 percent of United States voters want their state governors to comply with the regulation. Only 31 percent disagreed with the rule, and 17 percent said their states? governors should not comply. The group characterized the support for the rule as an ?overwhelming majority.?...
Millions at risk as NASA warns of 3 foot sea rise
Sky: The world is heading for a three-feet rise in sea level and NASA has warned it is too late to prevent it. Sea levels have risen about three inches since 1992 due to warmer temperatures and the burning of fossil fuels, but a further three feet would put millions of lives at risk. According to NASA, more than one-third of the human population - nearly 2.4bn people - lives within 100 km (60 miles) of an oceanic coast and low-lying capitals such as Dhaka in Bangladesh, with a population of 14 million...