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The Weather Channel Unlocks The Climate Code This Fall

Posted August 23, 2006 by

Somewhere between hyperbole and disregard is the truth about Earth’s climate and global warming. Beginning October 1, 2006, The Weather Channel will shed light on the science of global warming and other environmental issues with a new weekly series, “The Climate Code With Dr. Heidi Cullen.”

Airing at 5 p.m. ET each Sunday, the half hour show will examine the most pressing climate issues of the day through the expertise of Dr. Cullen, as well as the opinions and perspective of national and international figures.

Dr. Cullen, a climatologist formerly with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, says the show will bring environmental issues down to the local level. “We’ll be connecting the dots for people,” she explained, “taking the time and effort to help our viewers understand and relate to all of the issues and opinions related to the climate, and how they play a role in it all.”

Added Terry Connelly, senior vice president of programming for The Weather Channel: “Dr. Cullen has the ability to take these very complex issues, and the broad range of opinions they engender, and make them accessible to the average person. Her scientific expertise is balanced with a passion for building understanding and a style that is immediately approachable.”

In addition to weekly interviews with other scientists, policy makers, and opinion leaders, The Climate Code will feature segments highlighting different aspects of the world’s climate. The features will examine what people can do to help the environment; debunk some of the popular myths around the climate; look at how scientific understanding has changed in recent decades; and explore technological advances that can benefit everyone.

The Climate Code will also welcome user-generated content to give people around the country the opportunity to share their efforts in addressing their own local climate issues.

Since 2003, Dr. Cullen has been the lead climatologist for The Weather Channel and a principle contributor to the network’s position on global warming. She currently writes and produces “Forecast Earth” headlines that air throughout the day.


Romney Appoints New Environmental Affairs Secretary

Posted August 18, 2006 by

Governor Mitt Romney today announced that Robert W. Golledge Jr. has been named secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), replacing Stephen R. Pritchard, who resigned to assist with the Governor’s safety review of the Big Dig.

For the past three years, Golledge has been the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), which has employed innovative approaches to protect public health and the Commonwealth’s natural resources from pollution and contamination.

‘Bob Golledge loves the environment and has dedicated his professional life to the protection of our natural resources,’ said Governor Romney. ‘He will continue to advocate for strong, sensible environmental management in his new post as secretary.’

Under Commissioner Golledge’s leadership, MassDEP has been a national environmental leader that has realized numerous significant achievements, including:

  • Becoming the first state in the nation to establish a drinking water standard for the chemical perchlorate in order to protect sensitive populations;
  • Setting tough standards requiring significant reductions of mercury emissions from power plants; and
  • Increasing enforcement against environmental violators – one such effort was a unique aerial enforcement initiative that detected illegal wetland destruction through the use of computer-mapping technology.

‘During my tenure, MassDEP continued its tradition of establishing clear and protective standards and innovative environmental problem-solving,’ Golledge said. ‘The environment matters to all citizens of Massachusetts and to the health of our Commonwealth. As Secretary, I look forward to working with the stakeholders to ensure the safe stewardship of our natural resources and the protection of the public health.’

Golledge has extensive experience in environmental management in both the public and private sectors. Prior to becoming MassDEP commissioner, he was the Massachusetts Director of Environmental Sciences for the national consulting firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Golledge also spent 13 years with MassDEP prior to his appointment as Commissioner, serving as director of the department’s Central Regional Office in Worcester, MassDEP chief of staff and director of the Division of Wetlands and Waterways. While at MassDEP, he managed the implementation of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the State Clean Water Act and the Chapter 91 Waterways Program.

Earlier this year, Golledge received the Paul G. Keough Award for Government Service from the Environmental Business Council of New England. He has also received Public Service Awards for his environmental work from the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association.

Golledge holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maine, Orono and served for two years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. He resides in Canton with his wife, Susan, and their three children.