Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

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Stan Sporkin

Stan Sporkin

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Bruce Stein

Bruce Stein

Dr. Bruce A. Stein leads the National Wildlife Federation’s work on safeguarding people and wildlife from the impacts of climate change. Dr. Stein has a long history of working on biodiversity conservation issues, and in recent years has turned his focus to the emerging field of climate change adaptation and specifically developing climate-smart approaches to […]

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Richard Briffault

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Juliet Schor

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Andrew Blotky
Andrew Blotky

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Kevin Trenberth

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Brenda Wright
Brenda Wright

Brenda Wright

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Christopher Paine

Christopher Paine

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Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner

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Eric Rauchway

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Lawrence Norden
Lawrence Norden

Lawrence Norden

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Amy Atwood

Amy Atwood

Ms. Atwood is a public interest environmental litigator who addresses biodiversity protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  She is an expert on listing of species as endangered or threatened and implementation of the Act. As lead counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity, she negotiated a landmark settlement agreement between the Center and the […]

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Robert Dewey

Robert Dewey

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