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).
Hundreds meet to discuss proposed fracking rules
WRAL: Officials from the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission were hearing from the public Friday night on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking.
The second of four public meetings on the issue began at 5 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Center in Sanford, where 86 people shared their thoughts on both sides of the issue.
Critics of fracking raised concerns about the rules.
"The rules are not written with people's interest in mind and the government in North Carolina...
Leonardo DiCaprio Narrates Carbon Documentary to Fight Climate Change
Us Magazine: The Wolf of Wall Street is now the Whistle-Blower of Climate Change. Far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Wolf star Leonardo DiCaprio found his latest project in Carbon, a new documentary about climate change and the impact of carbon emissions.
DiCaprio, 39, lends his voice to narrate Carbon, which premiered on Wednesday, Aug. 20, as well as three additional upcoming short documentaries focused on climate change.
The environmental short film takes a look at carbon pricing around the world...
Poll: New Yorkers don't support fracking, pot
Poughkeepsie Journal: Only 35 percent of New York voters want to legalize marijuana for personal use, and 62 percent said they wouldn't use it even it were legal, a poll Friday found. The Quinnipiac University poll also found that opposition to hydraulic fracturing grew slightly to its highest point in its polling. Forty-eight percent of voters were opposed to the controversial drilling technique compared to 43 percent who supported it. The previous high for fracking opposition was in a Quinnipiac poll in March 2013,...
Global warming: Heat trapped by greenhouse gases going deep into the Atlantic Ocean
Summit Voice: Ancient currents that circulate the sun`s energy deep into the Atlantic Ocean may be swallowing up some of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases. In the past decade, the current has intensified, drawing surface heat as deep as mile beneath the surface of the sea, scientists said after analyzing data from a network of ocean buoys.
The new findings may help explain why the pace of warming has slowed, and suggest that, when the current reverts to weaker phase, surface temperatures could spike upward...
Australia: We need to call out Abbott's climate nihilism
Guardian: Perhaps nothing better exemplifies the spinelessness, hypocrisy and turpitude of prime minister Tony Abbott's position on climate change than his comments on 3AW in December 2009: "Climate change is real. But I think there are lots of legitimate questions about its extent, how much humans are causing it, and certainly there is a very real and necessary debate about the mechanism for dealing with it."
Abbott made this sneering reference to climate science and global climate change mitigation efforts...
U.S. EPA sends 2014 biofuel targets to White House for review
Reuters: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sent its final targets for 2014 biofuel use to the White House as the long-delayed rule enters its last round of review before public release.
The Obama administration will now face a last-ditch round of lobbying from biofuel producers seeking changes to the rule and opponents of the renewable fuels mandate who hope regulators will stand firm on proposed cuts to the targets.
It is unclear how long the rule will remain at the White House's Office...
Study At Deepwater Horizon Spill Site Finds Key To Tracking Pollutants
RedOrbit: A new study of the ocean circulation patterns at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill reveals the significant role small-scale ocean currents play in the spread of pollutants. The findings provide new information to help predict the movements of oil and other pollutants in the ocean. Nearly two years to the day after the Deepwater Horizon incident, scientists from the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), based at the University of Miami...
Sunlight, Not Microbes, Control Carbon Release in the Arctic
Nature World: A vast amount of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost is being converted into carbon dioxide (CO2) once it enters freshwater systems - a process that is worrying experts tracking climate change. This process was long thought to be enabled by microbial activity, but a new study identifies that sunlight itself might be the true culprit.
Traditional permafrost is frozen water trapped in soil in a region that never warms enough to the point that the ground will thaw. However, in the wake of a changing...