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).
UK acorn crop 'being hit by climate change'
Guardian: Climate change could be affecting the quality of acorn crops from the UK?s oak trees, the Woodland Trust has said.
Research using data recorded by members of the public for the trust?s Nature?s Calendar survey of the changing seasons has found that warmer years tend to lead to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, and as a result smaller crops.
Professor Tim Sparks, from Coventry University, analysed more than 160,000 pieces of data and found that the more first flowering dates varied,...
Judges Hear Challenge to Proposed EPA Rule to Curb Climate Change
New York Times: A panel of federal judges appeared inclined on Thursday to dismiss the first legal challenge to President Obama?s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change. But in the arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, lawyers for the nation?s two largest coal companies, more than two dozen states and the Environmental Protection Agency offered a preview of what is expected to be a protracted battle over a regulation Mr. Obama hopes to leave as his...
In historic move, BP's shareholders adopt global warming resolution
Mashable: BP's shareholders overwhelmingly supported a resolution on Thursday that would force the company to disclose some of its climate change-related risks. The shareholder vote was extraordinarily lopsided, with about 98% of shareholders approving the resolution, which had the backing of BP's chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg.
The embrace of the climate change resolution is being called a watershed event in the history of climate-related shareholder resolutions, which investors large and small have been...
Abbott government gives $4m help climate contrarian set up Australian centre
Guardian: The Abbott government found $4m for the climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg to establish his ?consensus centre? at an Australian university, even as it struggled to impose deep spending cuts on the higher education sector.
A spokesman for the education minister, Christopher Pyne, said the government was contributing $4m over four years to ?bring the Copenhagen Consensus Center methodology to Australia? at a new centre in the University of Western Australia?s business school.
The spokesman said...
BP bought Kevin Costner's oil spill clean-up machines ? despite field test failure
Guardian: BP spent $16m (£10m) on an oil spill clean-up machine pitched by actor Kevin Costner at the height of last year's Gulf of Mexico disaster ? even though the machines failed their initial field tests.
In the week of the one-year anniversary of the capping of the well, it has emerged that the oil company gave top priority to testing the devices ? ahead of the 123,000 other suggestions from the public for plugging the well and scooping up more the millions of gallons of crude from deep water, marshes...
California Governor Brown hears business concerns about drought plan
Reuters: California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year.
Brown, a Democrat, met Thursday with representatives from businesses that would be affected by California's first mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, including swimming pool builders, cemetery operators, landscapers and water providers.
"We shouldn't be shutting...
Judges raise doubts over challenge to Obama's climate change rules
Guardian: Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration?s far-reaching plan to address climate change. The comments came during nearly two hours of argument before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency?s proposal to cut heat-trapping pollutants from the nation?s coal-fired power plants that is blamed for global warming. Obama's plan to...
U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution Jumped 2 Percent in 2013
Climate Central: Emissions across nearly all sectors grew in 2013, with increased GHG emissions from electricity generation, more vehicle miles traveled on the nation's roadways and greater industrial production, according to the EPA.
After two years of decline, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere because of human activity increased 2 percent in 2013 over the previous year. That surge was fueled, in large part, because of a growing economy, falling coal prices and a cold winter, the...