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Red Sky at Morning: Crisis of the Global Environment

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

James Gustave Speth, armed with the latest data about the global environmental crisis, explains why current methods of tackling the problem (international negotiations and treaties) have failed, and exposes the disaster waiting to happen if we stay the current course. Lecturing on the topics of his book Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, Speth explains how governments have created the illusion of progress, and illustrates his own ambitious plans for effecting true and meaningful change. Speth founded and was president of the World Resources Institute, and served as adviser on environmental issues for presidents Carter and Clinton. He is currently dean and professor in the practice of environmental policy and sustainable development at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University.

From 1993 to 1999, Dean Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Program and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council. Throughout his career, Dean Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President's Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation's Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America's Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute, and the Blue Planet Prize. Publications include *The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability*, *Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment*; *Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment*; and articles in *Foreign Policy*, *Foreign Affairs*, *Environmental Science and Technology*, *the Columbia Journal World of Business*, and other journals and books.