Former President of Mexico
• Former President of Mexico (1994-2000);
• High Level Panel on Funding and Development, Chair;
• London School of Economics, visiting professor;
• Center for Globalization Studies at Yale University, Director;
• Forbes magazine, columnist;
• Central Bank of Mexico, economist, deputy manager of economic research, general director of a trust fund, and deputy director of the bank (1978-1998);
• Secretary of Education (1992);
• Secretary of Programming and Budget (1988);
• Undersecretary of Planning and Budget in the Secretariat of Programming and Planning (1987); and
• Colegio de Mexico and the National Polytechnic Institute, professor of macroeconomics and international economics.
AWARDS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Procter and Gamble, member of the Board of Directors;
• Union Pacific, member of the Board of Directors;
• ALCOA, member of the Board of Directors;
• Daimler-Chrysler, advisor;
• Coca Cola, advisor;
• Doctorates Honoris Causa from Yale and Harvard Universities;
• Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award;
• Gold Insigne of the Council of the Americas;
• Tribuna Americana Award of the Casa de America of Madrid; and
• Berkeley Medal from UC Berkeley.
• Advanced School of Economics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (Degree in Economics); and
• Yale University (M.A., M.Phil. and PhD in Economics).
Brazil announces massive reforestation & renewable energy plan with US
Guardian: Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda at their bilateral meeting on Tuesday, with the US and Brazil agreeing to get up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030.
Brazil also committed to restore up to 12m hectares of forest ? an area about the size of England or Pennsylvania ? in another attempt to reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change.
The White House said the initiatives were part of a new US-Brazil climate partnership,...
The European circular economy package ? what the experts think
Guardian: In December last year, the European commission stepped back from its circular economy package, which had included a ban on sending recyclable materials to landfill by 2025 and a target for EU states to recycle 70% of municipal waste by 2030.
While Friends of the Earth condemned the commission?s decision, it was an outcome that the lobby group BusinessEurope had hoped for, arguing that the package would inhibit the competitiveness of European businesses.
The commission now says it is aiming...
U.S., Brazil pledge to raise renewable energy in power output
Reuters: The United States and Brazil pledged on Tuesday to increase their share of renewable energy in electricity generation from sources other than hydro-power to 20 percent by 2030 in an effort to show commitment to fighting climate change.
The two countries made the announcement in a joint statement issued while U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met at the White House.
Brazil also committed to reforest 12 million hectares of land by 2030 and agreed to put forward...
'Lack of trust' on climate aid still dividing wealthier, poor nations ahead of Paris talks
Bloomberg: Countries have made too little progress bridging the ?lack of trust? between richer and poorer nations just five months before global climate accord talks begin in Paris, the head of the UN climate secretariat told Bloomberg BNA June 29.
?There is a lack of clarity and a lack of trust? between the two sides that will have to be resolved if the accord--which is to be the first to include actions from developed and developing nations alike--is to be signed by nearly 200 nations at year's end, Christiana...
Freshwater fish threatened by acidification
Science: Acidifying ocean water?a byproduct of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?messes with saltwater fish in a variety of ways. Rockfish become more nervous. Clownfish can?t always detect predators, whereas the brown dottyback actually avoids the smell of injured prey. But it turns out that saltwater fish aren?t the only ones affected. Pink salmon reared in CO2-rich fresh water showed many of the same signs as their marine brethren, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate...
Think Today?s Refugee Crisis is Bad? Climate Change Will Make it a Lot Worse
EcoWatch: Last year was the worst year on record for refugees. The number of people fleeing war and persecution jumped to nearly 60 million, the highest figure since the United Nations? refugee agency began keeping records 50 years ago, and that doesn?t even include people driven from their homes by poverty, gang violence or natural disasters. Smugglers are preying on refugees, social services in poor Middle Eastern and African countries have been stretched to the limit, and Europe and Australia are turning...
Residential Solar Panels Are Net Win for Utility Companies, Analysis Finds
Yale Environment 360: Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits to utility companies than they receive through programs like net metering, according to an analysis of 11 case studies from across the U.S. by the advocacy group Environment New York. Net metering programs credit solar panel owners at a fixed rate ? equal to or less than the retail price of electricity ? for providing the excess power they generate to the grid. Utility companies have been fighting those credits in recent years,...
Worth saving: landscapes threatened by climate change - gallery
Guardian: We asked you for photos of places you want to save from rising tides, changing temperatures and natural disasters.