Just back from Kazakhstan. It was a very dangerous -30c (-22f below zero). We (USAID) and the UNDP run a Climate Resilient Wheat program(PDF) for the KZ government. Here are some non-work pics…:)
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I’m headed to Kazakhstan tomorrow (working on our Climate Resilient Wheat project for USAID and the UN). It will not be warm. Not even a little bit.
cardinalpearl asked: Hi Michael, You have an excellent blog, and what sounds like a really cool job! How did you end up in your field and what sort of advice could you offer to someone interested in your line of work? Thank you!
I’ve been meaning to add a background blurb to my FAQs page. I suppose I should do that soon… Basically, I worked for a newspaper in Providence Rhode Island and wanted to be a Pulitzer Prize winning environmental journalist. This was back in the early 2000s. Then, with the rise of the internet, newspapers collapsed and I didn’t see a future in enviro-journalism. So, I went back to school and got two masters degrees, one in environmental law, the other in urban planning. Both focused on aspects of climate adaptation. I consulted governments during school to pay the bills, wrote and published in climate change journals, and positioned myself basically for the (rather humblamazing) job I have now. A bit more background here, and my Reader Mail tag covers this a little if you’re into digging around.
Thanks a lot for your nice note!
I work for a government contractor. We service USAID, mostly in the environment, energy, and agriculture sectors. Work is international, and you have to have donor experience. Most positions are senior, but some are mid to junior. Good salaries, good people.
Let me know if you apply so I can put in the good word!
Home office positions:
2014-6416 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, EEM
2014-5995 COMMUNICATIONS AND ONLINE EVENTS SPECIALIST
2014-6170 INFORMATION UNIT MANAGER (GIS RELATED)
2015-6112 ASSOCIATE, COMMUNICATIONS
2014-6114 PRACTICE AREA TEAM LEADER - AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISE AND FOOD SECURITY
2013-5400 SENIOR ASSOCIATE - AGRICULTURE VALUE CHAINS, ENR
2013-4481 SENIOR MANAGER, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
2013-5268 MANAGER, CLEAN ENERGY EXPERT
2013-3972 ENERGY CONSULTANT
Project based openings:
2014-5838 COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST/WRITER, ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION, LEARNING AND OUTREACH PROJECT (ECO)
2013-5647 ELECTRICAL LINEMAN TRAINING SPECIALIST PAKISTAN PDP PK-Islamabad
2013-5643 ENGINEERING DEPUTY TEAM LEAD PAKISTAN PDP PK-Islamabad
2013-5621 SENIOR ADVISOR, TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING PK-Islamabad
2013-5261 WATER SERVICES & TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE TEAM LEADER JO-Amman
Positions for proposals (looking for candidates to bid):
2014-5840 CHIEF OF PARTY, TIMOR LESTE
2014-5983 PAKISTAN AGRICULTURE SENIOR TECHNICAL EXPERT
2014-5837 MONITORING AND EVALUATION COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, Rwanda
2013-5417 EVALUATION TEAM LEADER - PPL/LER KG-Bishkek
2013-5033 JORDAN TOURISM - CHIEF OF PARTY (COP) JO-*City Not Listed
2013-4597 CHIEF OF PARTY/DEPUTY CHIEF OF PARTY SOUTH SUDAN AGRICULTURE PROJECT SD-Juba
2013-4601 EAST AFRICA AGRICULTURE TECHNICAL EXPERTS SD-Juba
2013-4609 ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT ADVISOR US-IA-Undisclosed
2013-3962 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER US-DC-Washington
2013-3964 GRANTS/AGREEMENT SUPERVISOR US-DC-Washington
2013-3965 DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE/CIVIL MILITARY AFFAIRS EXPERTS
The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change is a 900 page behemoth. It explores the weaknesses of environmental law’s ability to accommodate new climate adaptation policies, some of which can be considered aggressive land grabs by the state. For example, the question of whether or not a city can ‘take’ someone’s home via the constitutionally permitted eminent domain clause is explored in depth. The Law of Adaptation also covers a few interesting international law issues. For example, there’s discussion of how countries will manage the northwest passage once the Arctic becomes ice free. And there’s interesting reading on conservation of rare species in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). MPAs are essentially gigantic natural parks in the ocean, usually covering wide expanses of coral reefs and breeding grounds. Fishing and tourism are highly regulated in MPAs.
I reviewed the Law of Adaptation for the science journal Climate Policy. You can get a free copy of my review, here (free for the first 50 people!).
UPDATED with correct link. Sorry!
It covers how environmental law can integrate climate adaptation theory. Fun stuff!
I’ll be there.
I’m in Nepal for UN and USAID meetings. We’re working to prevent a special type of natural disaster from occurring, called a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF).
A very large glacier melted near Mt. Everest and turned into a mile long lake (Imja Lake). The lake is in danger of bursting, threatening thousands of lives downstream. I co-manage some scientists here (and in Peru) and we’re advising the UN and the Nepalese government how to manage this dangerous situation.
Climate change is causing thousands of ancient glaciers around the world to melt. When they melt, they either disappear via a river, or form a a big lake. Some lakes are very dangerous, and GLOFs threaten downstream communities and cities. The solution we provide here in Nepal will - hopefully - be used as a model by other countries to prevent these types of floods.
Anyway, I will be blogging again very soon! Meanwhile, here are some pictures from Pokhara, Kathmandu, and surrounds.
We’re hiring enviro-contractors (not students, sorry) in Nairobi and Mombasa: government contractors, environmental firms, agriculture, conservation, climate change, natural resources, energy, water engineering. Please hit me up.
We are hiring qualified candidates with government contractor experience.
Did some beach camping this weekend on Assateague Island National Park… Those hooligan horses are fat from raiding campsites in the night. Tri-pod dog is “Vedder.”
This October, I’m headed to Nepal to check out some work by some climate scientists and glacial researchers that I co-manage. Fun times. My recent daily readings have shifted away from urban adaptation to glacial science in the Himalayas and Andes.
This paper is an update to previous research by a scientist Dr. Walter Immerzeel. He does a major U-turn, where before his research showed that glacial rivers would shrink due to climate change. Now he is reversing, showing that climate change will in fact keep the rivers flowing.
The latest research led by Dr Walter Immerzeel, a scientist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and visiting scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal, indicates that increasing rains would prevent rivers from drying up. His earlier works, published in Science in June 2010, indicated worrisome drop in the levels of the same rivers by 2050.
New results from Dr Immerzeel’s research indicate that water levels of the rivers will not drop over the next century due to an increase in monsoon rains in the region. However, climate change will result in smaller glaciers and less meltwater in the Himalayas. The research shows that although the size of the glaciers in the basins of the Indus and the Ganges will decrease in the 21st century, water discharge will however increase.