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).
Australia removed from UN world heritage climate report
BBC: All references to climate change's impact on World Heritage sites in Australia have been removed from a United Nations report. A draft of the report contained a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef and references to Kakadu and Tasmania. But Australia's Department of the Environment requested that Unesco scrub these sections from the final version. A statement from the department said the report could have had an impact on tourism to Australian. It also said the report's title, Destinations at Risk,...
ExxonMobil is in its climate change bunker and won?t let reality in
Guardian: When one of the world?s largest pension funds tells the biggest oil company on the planet that it faces an existential threat, there are stormy times ahead. The Guardian wanted to give you the latest weather report from inside ExxonMobil?s annual general meeting in Dallas on Wednesday, but the newspaper?s reporter was banned.
Battening down the hatches and whistling as the winds of climate change threaten its business has been the oil giant?s strategy for decades. The problem for ExxonMobil is,...
Petro Countries on the Brink of Collapse as Oil Prices Remain at Ruinously Low Levels
Alternet: Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels. Unlike other countries, which largely finance their governments through taxation, petro-states rely on their oil and natural gas revenues. Russia, for example, obtains about 50% of government income that way; Nigeria, 60%; and Saudi...
The Environmental Implications Of A Trump Presidency
ThinkProgress: If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States, well, many things will happen. The stock market could crash. U.S. allies could have to reimagine their relationships with America. The population of Canada would get a bump.
He will also have to decide what he would actually do with U.S. energy and climate policy. He`s already offered some rhetoric about saving coal jobs, denying climate science, and bashing renewable energy. But on Thursday he is expected to reveal his agenda in...
Antarctica may not be as isolated as we thought, and that's a worry
Conservation: For a long time, we have thought of Antarctica as isolated from the rest of the world. The continent is entirely surrounded by the Southern Ocean, which heaves with giant waves whipped up by intense winds, and is home to the world?s strongest ocean current, the eastward-flowing Antarctic circumpolar current (ACC). The Southern Ocean is associated with several circumpolar oceanic fronts (see image below), where sharp transitions in ocean temperature and salinity occur. One of the most significant...
Coral vs. coal
New York Times: Tim Flannery, a scientist and environmentalist who was named Australian of the Year in 2007, lost his job in 2013. The right-wing government of then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott shut down the Climate Commission that Flannery headed in a peremptory move designed to demonstrate its contempt for climate change. The commission had been established two years earlier to provide ?authoritative information? to the Australian public. Abbott, of the conservative Liberal Party, had no time for such information....
A walk in the dead woods
New York Times: They appear at random, cinnamon-and-silver-colored pines and firs, the standing dead amid otherwise healthy groves of cloud-snagging trees in the mountains of Southern California. Last week, the Forest Service said there were 40 million of them ? that is, 40 million dead trees in this state, almost one for every resident. Soon, they will be fuel, for what rangers fear will be a catastrophic wildfire season ? ?40 million opportunities for fire,? as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack put it. Or they...
Thailand closes dive sites over coral bleaching crisis
Agence France-Presse: Thailand has shut down 10 popular diving sites in a bid to slow a coral bleaching crisis, an official said Thursday, in a rare move to shun tourism profits to protect the environment.
The tropical country?s southern coastline and string of islands are home to some of the world?s most prized white sand beaches and scuba sites, and the booming tourism industry props up Thailand?s lagging economy.
But warming waters and ever-growing swarms of visitors have damaged coral reefs and local ecosystems....