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).
A blanket of smoke from fires in Siberia is so huge it can be seen from nearly 1 million miles away in space
Discover Magazine: It`s a tad faint, but a smudge of smoke is clearly visible in the image below, captured by a spacecraft in deep space
This image was acquired by the EPIC camera on NOAA`s DSCOVR spacecraft when it was 975,074 miles from Earth on July 21, 2016. Bluish-gray wildfire smoke over Siberia can be seen within the circled area. Make sure to click the image to open it in a new window, and then click on it again to enlarge it. (Source: http://epic.gsfc.nasa.gov/ )
The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft...
Crib notes: Democrat convention to debate Clinton climate plan
Climate Home: Climate change barely featured at the US Republican National Convention in Cleveland, except in Donald Trump`s coded attack on the clean power plan.
This week it`s the Democrats` turn in Philadelphia and you can expect building a low carbon economy to feature on the agenda.
Hillary Clinton has picked Virginia senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, seen as a safe centrist. He doesn`t tick all the climate hawk boxes, having opposed the Keystone XL pipeline but supported fracking and Atlantic...
Climate change of heart
Inquirer: PRESIDENT DUTERTE is no climate change denier. In fact, in his very first Cabinet meeting, he declared: ?Climate change is here. We were warned several years ago.? He proceeded to underscore the vulnerability of our country to the effects of climate change by referencing Supertyphoon ?Yolanda,? echoing what he had voiced out during the campaign period.
This ready acknowledgment of the reality of global warming, coupled with his proenvironment stances (albeit equivocal), has caused green groups...
Something Is Causing Siberia's Tundra to Literally Bubble Underground
Vice: The frigid plains of northern Siberia are becoming a hotspot for mysterious geological phenomena. Over the past couple of years, sudden craters have been exploding from the permafrost-laden ground. Last month, we reported on a giant chasm in the Sakha Republic that looms so wide and deep, locals refer to it as a ?gateway to the underworld.?
Now, the frozen tundra on Siberia?s remote Belyy Island is home to the region?s newest aberration: eerie, rippling, underground bubbles.
In a video released...
Deal on cutting greenhouse gases in sight for this year: Vienna delegates
Reuters: A global agreement on cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - potent greenhouse gases used in aerosols, refrigerants and air conditioning - seems within grasp, delegates said on Sunday after ten days of talks on climate change in Vienna.
A final deal is expected to be reached at a meeting in October in Kigali, Rwanda. If successful, it would be the biggest single measure to limit global warming since governments adopted the Paris Agreement last December, seeking to limit heat waves, floods,...
Los Angeles-area wildfire spreads, motorist found dead
Reuters: A huge wildfire in the Los Angeles area spread another 2,000 acres overnight and appeared to have killed a motorist whose remains were found in a charred vehicle in the fire's path, officials said on Sunday.
This brought to 22,000 acres -- or 34 square miles -- the total area enveloped by the wildfire, which has forced hundreds of evacuations and is casting a dark haze over parts of Southern California.
The fire is one of a series this summer that have hit the state, which has suffered drought...
North American Forests Not a Climate Change Remedy
Reuters: North American forests will not fight climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide at levels once hoped for because the trees may not grow big enough, a study said.
The new research challenges previous studies that said trees could grow larger due to higher temperatures brought on by global warming, said the authors of the study published in the journal Ecology Letters.
Typically, up to a third of carbon-dioxide emissions from human activity, such as automobile driving or steel production, is...
A sequel to the Paris Climate Accord takes shape in Vienna
New York Times: When negotiators from nearly 200 countries gathered outside Paris in December for the United Nations summit meeting on climate change, they reached the first agreement to take action on curbing their planet-warming pollution. This weekend in Vienna, with far less attention, negotiators from those same countries neared a deal that many environmentalists have called the most significant action this year to reduce global warming. While the Paris agreement aims to reduce the use of coal and oil, which...