Locus Focus on 01/04/10
REPORT BACK FROM THE CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN COPENHAGEN
Climate talks drew to a close just before Christmas, with little concrete action to celebrate. We'll hear what happened and what we can hope for from guest Robert Engelman, Vice President for Programs at Worldwatch Institute.
Worldwatch Institute is a globally focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. Bob provides strategic direction for the Institute's research and programs and is a specialist in issues of population, reproductive health, global public health, climate change, and food security. Prior to joining Worldwatch, Bob was Vice President for Research at Population Action International, a policy research and advocacy group in Washington, and directed its program on population and the environment. He has written extensively on population's connections to environmental change, economic growth, and civil conflict.
A former newspaper reporter specializing in science and the environment, Bob has served on the faculty of Yale University as a visiting lecturer and was founding secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is the author of the 2008 book More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want, and his writing has appeared in scholarly and news media including Nature, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
Bob serves on the boards of the Center for a New American Dream, the Population Resource Center, and the Nova Institute. He holds a master's of science degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Chicago. Bob speaks basic Spanish and is conducting a tour of major U.S. cities in May, June, and July of 2008 to discuss his new book, More.