Executive Secretary, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)
• Executive Secretary, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS). The Sahara and Sahel Observatory is an independent international organization based in Tunisia and is comprised of African and European countries, regional and international organizations, and representatives of civil society;
• Chair, Speaker, and Participant, “Integrated Development and Climate policies: how to realize benefits at national and international levels”, Development and Climate Project Workshop, Paris (September 20-22, 2006);
• Dr. Sokona has participated in many international events regarding the subjects of climate change, desertification, and biodiversity. He speaks regularly to international organizations such as UNFCCC, UNESCO, and UNDP, particularly on the effects of climate change on Africa and he participated in follow-ups to the Rio process;
• Coordinator, Energy Programme and Executive Secretary for International Relations, Environement and Développement du Tiers Monde (ENDA-TM), based in Dakar, Senegal (1982 – 2003); and
• Professor, “Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Bamako” (National Engineering School, Bamako, Mali).
AWARDS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Member, Technical Advisory Group of the joint UNDP/World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistant Programme (present);
• Board Member, International Institute for Environment and Development (present); and
• Board Member, Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (present).
• “Econole Nationale Supérieure des Mines” (Paris); and
• University of Pierre et Marie Curie (PhD, Engineering and Sciences of the Earth).
Meteorologists are seeing global warming's effect on the weather
Guardian: Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God?s grandiose Symphony of the Seasons, the natural ebb and flow of the atmosphere, is playing out of tune, sounding more like a talent-free second grade orchestra, with shrill horns, violins screeching off-key, cymbal crashes coming in at the wrong time. Something has changed.
World needs food system overhaul
Business Week: A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says.
In its latest report, the IRP -- a consortium of 34 internationally renowned scientists, over 30 national governments and other groups hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) -- calls for a switch to a "resource-smart' food system that changes the way food is grown, harvested,...
Australia: CSIRO dismantles 'integrated' climate science group as pressure mounts
Sydney Morning Herald: CSIRO's deep cuts to its science programs have come under fresh criticism with the head of a global network of monitoring stations warning Australia will lose key researchers that will dent the country's ability to manage future climate change.
Almost all the staff at CSIRO's Yarralumla, ACT site researching how vegetation is responding to rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns ? information that feeds into the world's main climate models ? have been told their jobs are "surplus to...
From cookstoves to forests, UN puts eye on mending global environment
Christian Science Monitor: For millions of people across the planet, environmental degradation is a daily reality that?s also a serious threat.
Air pollution causes the premature death of around 7 million people each year, the World Health Organization estimates. The number goes much higher when other environment-linked challenges, from chemicals exposure to poor sanitation, are factored in. A new UN report released this week, documents the problem.
With this in mind, representatives of more than 170 countries gathered...
Climate damage threatens heritage sites
Climate News Network: A world that faces the loss of the Statue of Liberty, where the ancient Italian city of Venice has been overwhelmed by flooding and a Ugandan forest that shelters mountain gorillas is at risk is all too real a possibility, says a new report.
Its authors say 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites in 29 countries have been identified as affected by climate change. The impacts include rising temperatures, higher sea levels, more extreme weather, and fiercer droughts.
The report by the UN...
Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth: study
PhysOrg: Average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit)-five times the cap on global warming set at climate talks in Paris in December, they reported.
In the Arctic region-already heating at more than double the global average-the thermometer would rise an unimaginable 15 C to 20 C.
Burning all known reserves of oil, gas and coal would inject about five trillion tonnes of heat-trapping carbon into the atmosphere, mainly in the form of carbon dioxide, a team wrote...
Dinosaur Extinction Event Took Out Polar Creatures, Too
United Press International: Whether caused by asteroid or volcanism -- or both -- scientists now know few places on Earth offered safety from the extinction event that killed the dinosaurs. An extensive survey of ancient marine fossils from the Antarctic Peninsula proves the ecosystems to the south suffered considerably during the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. The survey included 6,000 marine fossils dated to between 69 million and 65 million years old. A wide range of species and sizes were included -- from sea...
Will There Be Tax on Meat Production?
Nature World News: To meet the global rise in consumption and the environmental damage it invites, a UN expert recommended taxing meet production.
The world could face serious environmental problems if China and other emerging economies take down Europeans and Americans in the amount of meat they consume, said Prof Maarten Hajer, the lead author of a report on the impact of food production and the environment. He told this to the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, according to The Guardian.
"If we were all to...