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CIGI appoints international negotiation and conflict expert John Odell as Senior Fellow

Friday, 24 January 2014
CIGI is pleased to announce the appointment of international negotiation and conflict expert John Odell as Senior Fellow.

Kennedy School public policy expert to discuss risks and potential benefits of climate geoengineering, in lecture at CIGI

Monday, 20 January 2014
David Keith, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss climate geoengineering as a possible solution to environmental degradation, at the next Signature Lecture at CIGI.

We’re fracking to stand still

Friday, 20 December 2013
"Globally, fracking isn’t going to change the fundamentals of the planet’s worsening oil-supply crunch," writes CIGI Chair in Global Systems Thomas Homer-Dixon, questioning projections for energy derived from new hydrofracking technologies.

Climate Change, a Dead Horse and Realpolitik

Monday, 16 December 2013
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiation process on climate finance has become the dead horse that climate negotiators will not stop flogging. Twenty years of effort has brought very limited action. Substantive results on dealing with the climate change problem could be achieved if the focus was on issues for which cooperation and collective action are possible.

The Public Life of Climate Change: The First 25 Years

Friday, 1 November 2013
In 1988 few serious commentators believed that the politics of climate change would be anything other than tortuous. Yet the assumption has remained through the period since that human-induced climate change is an important, urgent and discrete problem which at least in principle lends itself to policy solutions.

Can the climate system be managed by humans?

Monday, 28 October 2013
Whether climate can be managed by humans is the question that set the scene for scholar and author Mike Hulme’s lecture. Before engaging the audience in a 25 year survey climate change evolution, Hulme answered the question himself with a resounding, “no,” offering solid reasoning for his stance.

Leading expert Mike Hulme to give CIGI lecture on the discourse of climate change

Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Mike Hulme, professor of climate change and culture at King’s College London, will address public perceptions of climate change at the next Signature Lecture at CIGI. “The Public Life of Climate Change: The First 25 Years,” will take place from 7–9 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.

IMF annual meetings likely to focus on recovery over reform, CIGI experts warn in new series

Tuesday, 8 October 2013
The 2013 annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will focus on the policy challenges facing the global economy, as it moves from the “Great Recession” to the “Great Transition,” on its way to a stable and sustained recovery. This is among the conclusions in a new series of commentaries from CIGI, which look ahead to the IMF and World Bank meetings later this week.

Climate uncertainty shouldn’t mean inaction

Monday, 7 October 2013
Thomas Homer-Dixon, Andrew Weaver
Folks who question the reality or seriousness of climate change are making a lot of noise about how the planet’s warming has slowed down or even stopped. In short: The slowdown is evidence of great scientific uncertainty about climate change, and this uncertainty justifies climate-policy inaction. This argument may sound reasonable, but it’s actually a noxious mixture of non sequiturs and selective use of scientific facts.

Developing an Ecological Macroeconomics

Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Tim Jackson, Peter Victor
One of the most important challenges facing economics today is the need for economic activity to remain within ecological limits. The rising threat of climate change, alarming losses in biodiversity and emerging scarcities in essential natural resources all represent a significant threat to the integrity of ecological systems and all who depend on them. They also threaten the stability of economic systems.