Daily Briefing - Monday, November 8, 2010

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Andrew Revkin is a reporter for THE NEW YORK TIMES and creator of the paper's Dot Earth blog, where he has covered global environmental issues that have included climate change, Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami, science policy and politics, and the North Pole. He has served as adjunct professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, teaching environmental reporting and is the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University. He is the author of several books, including The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest, Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, and The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World.

Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel is a Climate Scientist from the Union of Concerned Scientists. She is leading UCS's climate science education work aimed at strengthening support for strong federal climate legislation and sound U.S. climate policies. Her specialty is isotope geochemistry, a tool she has used to study climate variability in places as disparate as the Arctic Ocean and the desert southwest. Dr. Ekwurzel completed her doctorate work at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and post-doctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

Dr. Josef Silverstein is a distinguished professor emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is an expert on Myanmar and the author of "Burma: Military Rule and the Politics of Stagnation" and "Burmese Politics: the Dilemma of National Unity." Recently he has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and in the East Asian Studies Program at Princeton University and is an occasional lecturer at the Department of State’s Foreign Services Institute.

Rafiq Dossani is the Head of South Asian Program at the School of International Relations at Stanford. He is also Senior research scholar at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. His research areas include development, education, finance, international relations, outsourcing and telecommunications. His books include: Does South Asia Exist?: Prospects for Regional Integration, India Arriving: How This Economic Powerhouse is Redefining Global Business, Prospects for Peace in South Asia, and Telecommunications Reform in India.