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).
Non-linear climate emergency
Hurriyet Daily News: If you spend a lot of time talking to scientists about climate change, there?s one word you?ll hear time and time again, and yet it?s hardly ever mentioned in the public discussion of climate change. The word is ?non-linear.? Most people think of global warming as an incremental thing. It may be inexorable, but it?s also predictable. Alas, most people are wrong. The climate is a very complex system, and complex systems can change in non-linear ways. In other words, you cannot count on the average...
Australia: How Greg Hunt and his department turned good news into an international scandal
Guardian: Greg Hunt has conducted one of the strangest manoeuvres of his already rather gymnastic career, over the erasure of Australia from a United Nations report on climate change.
Guardian Australia had broken the story that all mentions of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef had been scrubbed from the report at the request of the environment department.
Hunt first denied knowing about it but then justified the move with reasons that went beyond those provided by the department.
In fact the full...
Countries Prove that Economic Growth Doesn?t Require More Carbon Emissions
Owe the Earth: According to the World Resources Institute (2016), there are more than 20 countries that have managed to grow their economy while reducing their carbon emissions. This flies in the face of the age-old assumption that economic growth requires burning more fossil fuels, which in turn leads to an increase in carbon emissions.
Nor are we talking about small economies, or economic anomalies. From the years 2000-2015, Germany grew their economy by 16% while reducing their CO2 emissions by 12%, France...
Antarctic Ocean Climate Change Mystery Could Be Explained By Deep, Old Water
Headlines & Global News: A new University of Washington study reveals why the Antarctic Ocean might be one of the last places to experience the effects of global warming and human-driven climate change. Over the years, the water surrounding Antarctica has stayed roughly the same temperature even as the rest of the planet continues to warm, a fact often pointed out by climate change deniers. Now, a new study uses observations and climate models to suggest that the reason for this inconsistency is due to the unique currents...
Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn
Reuters: As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who eat them, scientists have warned. A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that crops such as wheat and maize are generating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather. But these chemical compounds are harmful to people and animals if consumed for a prolonged...
'Dirty Blizzard' sent 2010 Gulf oil spill pollution to seafloor
ScienceDaily: Scientists working in the Gulf of Mexico have found that contaminants from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lingered in the subsurface water for months after oil on the surface had been swept up or dispersed. In a new study, they also detailed how remnants of the oil, black carbon from burning oil slicks and contaminants from drilling mud combined with microscopic algae and other marine debris to descend in a "dirty blizzard" to the seafloor.
The work, published May 30 in the Proceedings...
Map shows the wildest land linking protected areas of the U.S
Wilderness: New research reveals key corridors that allow wildlife to move between protected areas of the U.S.--and explains why these places must be protected further. A paper published in the journal PLOS ONE by scientists from The Wilderness Society and other organizations identified the wildest corridors between national parks and other protected lands and suggested limiting development along these crucial "wild ways." With increasing development and ongoing climate change forcing plants and animals to...
Forest Service reminds tourists why Mendenhall glacier is shrinking
Alaska Public Media: In a wing of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center a small crowd of onlookers is watching a debate between a man and an employee. The tourist is wearing a floppy hat and red shirt. And he?s leaning on a silver tipped cane as he listens ? waiting for a chance to respond. Kat Pratt is a ranger and interpreter. She was delivering talking points on sea level rise when the man ? who didn?t want to give his name ? challenged her. He thinks rising temperatures are cyclical. Not caused by people. And...