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David F. Hales
President, College of the Atlantic

David F. Hales

David F. Hales is the president of the College of the Atlantic in Maine, which in 2007 became the first U.S. higher education institution to achieve carbon neutrality.

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Socializing risk and privatizing profit?

For corporations, it's a pretty good deal -- they keep the profits and society takes the risks and assumes the liability. There is a better way.

By David F. Hales | May 6, 2010; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

It's time to pull the rope not push it

Any such proposal might be good congressional politics, but it is just plain stupid economics, flawed security policy, and lazy leadership.

By David F. Hales | February 3, 2010; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Imagine Darwin on the Internet

Imagine Darwin's correspondence on the Internet. And imagine the reaction of talk radio hosts. Replace the interests of the more backward international corporations with the reaction of fundamentalist religion. Does it begin to look familiar?

By David F. Hales | January 26, 2010; 09:44 PM ET | Comments (14)

Not enough, Mr. President, not nearly enough

Mr. Obama's remarks to the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change were replete with contradictions, inconsistencies and hypocrisy. 'Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet", he said. He noted that there was no...

By David F. Hales | December 18, 2009; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Of course not, but it's not that simple...

At face value, neither position will do much to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations, or affect the rate at which they are increasing. The science communities in both countries as well as the policy makers in the U.S. and China know that as well as anyone else.

By David F. Hales | December 3, 2009; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

An admission that the science is sound

The fulminations of climate skeptics in the wake of the release of electronic documents stolen from the University of east Anglia demonstrates more clearly than ever that the skeptics don't understand either climate science or the scientific method.

By David F. Hales | November 25, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (14)

Yesterday is not the issue; tomorrow is.

It makes no difference who is to blame for yesterday; the issue is who will accept responsibility for tomorrow. Even if there were a practical purpose to "fixing blame" there would be very few not on the list. There are...

By David F. Hales | November 18, 2009; 08:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scientifically sound, but still problematic

Offsets are scientifically sound, but insufficient to the fundamental change needed. The science behind the offset concept is straightforward and easy to understand. There is only one atmosphere; all emissions, when accurately measured in greenhouse gas equivalents, have equal impact....

By David F. Hales | October 26, 2009; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Prize Won't Impact Obama's Climate Policies

The impact of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barak Obama will have absolutely no impact on his personal commitment to addressing the challenge of climate change, or on the positions of the United States.   Likely to...

By David F. Hales | October 13, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Politics are Insufficient to Meeting Climate Change Challenges

The greatest challenge for the United States will be to ignore the political past, and develop our positions and negotiate as if the quality of our children's lives depended on the outcome... for the simple reason that it does.  Most...

By David F. Hales | October 6, 2009; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (2)

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