Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute.
By Elliott Francis
The World Resources Institute is a center for policy research on environmental issues. Each year, the institute previews key environmental initiatives to watch in the coming months.
Issues raised by WRI include initiatives for worldwide control of greenhouse gasses, increasing renewable energy sources and halting the spread of de-forestation. All of these issues were discussed at the recent UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.
"I think it was remarkable that in this case five heads of state sitting around a table did find a breakthrough when the negotiations were at stalemate," says WRI president Jonathan Lash.
Lash is cautious about President Obama's recent executive order directing the EPA to lead the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
"It's great that they assigned somebody at EPA who's specifically responsible, but I think we need legislation," he says.
Lash hopes to maintain focus on the issues, to help give lawmakers the will to act.