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).
Carbon tax repeal sparks jump Australia electricity emissions
Guardian: Electricity emissions have jumped since the repeal of the carbon tax, the Climate Council says.
The council cites new data by consultants Pitt & Sherry, showing carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity grid went up 6.4m tonnes in the last financial year since the tax was axed.
The increase of 4.3% has undone part of an 11% fall in emissions during the two years the tax was in place.
The federal government will soon outline Australia?s post-2020 targets, before the Paris conference in...
Boris Johnson's sticky pollution solution shown to be a £1.4m failure
Guardian: Study finds mayor's trials to 'glue' pollution from vehicles to London's roads have not reduced fine particulate pollution
It?s too late to save our world, so enjoy the spectacle of doom
Guardian: In the middle of a week of record temperatures, as if unaware of the irony, the business community celebrated the consolidation of its attempts to force the government?s hand to agree to a third filth-generating runway at Heathrow, tipping all species on Earth towards extinction. Everything will die soon, except for cockroaches, and Glastonbury favourite the Fall, who will survive even a nuclear holocaust, though they will still refuse to play their 80s chart hits.
In Norfolk on Thursday, the...
White House goes quiet on role of nuclear power in Brazil climate deal
Washington Examiner: A new nuclear energy deal between the U.S. and Brazil got lost in the shuffle this week, as the White House sought instead to play up a pledge between the two countries to increase renewable energy. Nevertheless, the two countries did also agree to collaborate on nuclear energy development as part of a broad plan to address global warming agreed to earlier this week in Washington. The new agreement between the two nations comes as nations prepare for international negotiations on climate change...
Jane Fonda sounds climate change alarm in Toronto
Toronto Star: Jane Fonda used to be a Blue Jays fan. ?I loved them,? she says, perched cross-legged on a sofa at a downtown Toronto hotel. ?Until I married somebody that owned another team.? But Fonda?s not in town to revive her fandom or her past betrothals. The 77-year-old actor and activist comes with a solar-fuelled fire in her belly. ?The climate change problem is the issue of our civilization. It will affect everything about our lives if we don?t do something about it,? she says. Touching down Friday...
Nobel laureates call for action on climate change
New Kerala: Over 30 Nobel laureates recently assembled and appealed nations to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 to take useful steps to limit future global emissions to protect the climate.
Laureates, who were gathered at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on July 3, on Mainau Island on Lake Constance, signed 'Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change' and asked all the nations around the world to take appropriate actions to stop global warming.
Call for national leaders combat issue of climate change
Peterborough Examiner: About 50 community members gathered at Confederation Square on Saturday, asking for a transition to a clean, justice-based economy that recognizes the limitations of the climate. They joined several other communities across the country, from Vancouver to St. John?s, taking action for Jobs, Justice and the Climate to show leaders in this election year that they wanted them to support actions that would combat climate change while providing increased opportunity for local employment. One of those...
United Kingdom: Peatlands burn as gamekeepers create landscape fit grouse-shooting
Guardian: They are home to a diverse range of wildlife and up to 8,000 years old. And, according to a damning analysis by an independent government advisory body, the UK?s upland peat bogs are facing a sustained threat from the shooting classes? desire to bag grouse.
The Committee on Climate Change?s 2015 progress report to parliament notes: ?Wetland habitats, including the majority of upland areas with carbon-rich peat soils, are in poor condition. The damaging practice of burning peat to increase grouse...