President-Elect Obama has put forward Jane Lubchenco to head NOAA. This is awesome news for marine conservationists: a marine biologist herself, Lubchenco has frequently spoken publicly about the importance of restricting carbon dioxide emissions.
Lubchenco has "a passion for improving public understanding of science." She would be the first woman to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, if confirmed.
See the complete article and interview with Dr. Lubchenco on Dot Earth.