Environmental Think Tank ID's Issues To Watch | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Environmental Think Tank ID's Issues To Watch

Play associated audio
Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute.
Elliot Francis
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.

NPR

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
NPR

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
NPR

Obama To Announce Large Ramp Up Of Ebola Fight

The U.S. military plans to establish a medical base in Liberia to help stop the Ebola epidemic. It will build 1,700 new treatment beds and train up to 500 health care workers every week.
NPR

Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims

Cyberstalking has transformed domestic abuse in the U.S. Tracking tools called spyware make it cheap and easy for someone to monitor a partner secretly, 24 hours a day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.