Doug Boucher is the director of climate research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1979. Doug came to UCS after many years as a professor of biology at Hood College, the University of Québec and McGill University, as well as four years as Chief of Staff for Rep. Bernard Sanders in the U.S. Congress. He focuses particularly on land use issues and deforestation, and has been active in the Congressional discussions on climate and in the international climate change negotiations. He is the author of about 80 articles in English, French and Spanish on a wide array of ecological, agricultural and other science-related topics.

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After Decades of Failure… During the second half of the twentieth century, the deforestation of the tropics became a global concern. Young people everywhere learned at an early age that “saving the rainforest” was one of the most urgent needs of the planet. Yet, for decades, these worries had no real effect on the reality […]

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