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Urbanites and their energy consumption

Thursday, 17 April 2014
blog
At his public lecture at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Chair of the World Energy Scenario Study Group at the World Energy Council Ged Davis spoke on the importance of the supply and demand of energy in developed and developing countries.

Taxes pay for robots, but robots don’t pay taxes

Monday, 14 April 2014
article
Konrad Yakabuski
"How do the governments that helped create this wealth – few innovations occur without direct or indirect government assistance – capture more of it for the benefit of all citizens?" writes Konrad Yakabuski, in summarizing the CIGI co-sponsored conference Human After All.

International policy expert to discuss role of energy in addressing major global challenges, in lecture at CIGI

Monday, 31 March 2014
article
Declan Kelly, Hillary Salvian
Gerald “Ged” Davis, Chair of the World Energy Scenario Study Group, will discuss the role of energy in addressing major 21st-century issues, in the next Signature Lecture at CIGI.

CIGI paper calls for summit of public and private sector leaders to identify and overcome climate finance roadblocks

Monday, 10 March 2014
article
Transferring government departmental responsibility for climate negotiations from environment to finance is required for real progress on climate finance, according to a new paper from CIGI.

Institutional Arrangements for Climate Finance

Wednesday, 5 March 2014
publication
David Runnalls, Jessica Boyle, Dave Sawyer
The most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is unequivocal about the magnitude of the challenge posed by man-made climate change. If the world is to avoid exceeding the 2°C average increase in temperature agreed by governments in Copenhagen as the maximum safe level, it needs to move quickly to facilitate the transition to a lower-carbon economy.

Free Trade in Green Products

Tuesday, 11 February 2014
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CIGI Senior Fellow Debra Steger comments on last month's pledge by the world's biggest trading powers, including the United States, the European Union, China and Japan, to achieve global free trade in environmental goods.

Climate negotiators should forget assigning historical responsibility and focus on research, standards and trade, CIGI report says

Friday, 31 January 2014
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Climate negotiators should “forget about assigning guilt” and instead focus on international cooperation and measures that will reduce carbon emissions, according to a new CIGI report.

Hot Air, Guilt and Arbitration

Friday, 31 January 2014
publication
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) divides countries into two groups. “Annex 1” includes the rich industrialized countries as well as economies in transition.

Inside the Issues 4.15 | Climate Geoengineering

Thursday, 30 January 2014
video
This week, David Keith, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins co-host Andrew Thompson for a discussion on the controversy, risks and potential benefits of climate geoengineering.

Are we prepared for ‘Frankenplanet’?

Friday, 24 January 2014
blog
David Keith, a renowned author, professor and international commentator on climate geoengineering visited the CIGI campus to speak on, “A Case for Climate Geoengineering.” As the title suggested, Keith argued that a ‘technofix’ may be the most effective response to reducing climate change