As urbanization, depopulation and climate change continue to alter the face of the Arctic, so too is the definition of sustainability changing within the region. This week, Aileen Espíritu, Director of The Barents Institute, visits Inside the Issues to discuss the many complexities of Arctic sustainability.
Appeals for sustainable development financing must highlight benefits for major countries, CIGI paper says
To promote investments in environmental global public goods, major countries must be “bribed,” so to speak, with an appeal to selfish interests, says a paper on sustainable development financing, from CIGI Senior Fellow Barry Carin.
This paper explains why the resolution to the climate change problem is deadlocked and presents a putative global package of “Global Super Fund” expenditure ideas that will win widespread support from all major countries.
Lucie Edwards, a former Canadian High Commissioner and current Ph.D. candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, visits Inside the Issues to consider how the interface between science and public policy is having an effect on climate change, food security and biodiversity.
As governments continue to respond slowly to climate change, what new modes of thinking could better address this pressing global issue? What impact can businesses, organizations and individuals have at the local level? Simon Dalby, CIGI chair in the political economy of climate change, visits Inside the Issues to discuss the many facets of climate geopolitics.
"Climate change touches so many facets of human activity that it may simply be too complex to be encapsulated in a single treaty arrangement between states," writes CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change Simon Dalby, in a piece to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Randy Boswell, with Postmedia News, reports the findings of a CIGI policy brief on "Canada-US Arctic Marine Corridors and Resource Development."
‘Great Melt’ in the Arctic calls for increased co-operation between Canada and United States, policy brief argues
The “great melt,” an unprecedented geophysical change, in the Arctic is cause for heightened leadership, attention and cooperation between Canada and the United States. Without a national strategic vision, current policies are inadequate to protect economic and environmental interests, argues a new policy brief issued by CIGI.
Simon Dalby, Background
Simon Dalby is the CIGI chair in the political economy of climate change at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His published research deals with climate change, political ecology, geopolitics, global security, environmental change, militarization and the spatial dimensions of governance.
- Dalby, Simon (2013). “Global Environmental Security.” In The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy, edited by Robert Falkner. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Dalby, Simon (2013). “Realism and Geopolitics.” In Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics , edited by Klaus Dodds, Merje Kuus and Jo Sharp. London: Ashgate.
- Dalby, Simon (2013). “Environmental Dimensions of Human Security.” In Environmental Security: Approaches and Issues, edited by Rita Floyd and Richard Matthew. London: Routledge.
- Dalby, Simon (2013).“Challenging Cartographies of Enmity: Empire, War and Culture in Contemporary Militarisation.” In Militarism and International Relations: Political Economy, Security, Theory, edited by Anna Stavrianakis, Jan Selby and Iraklis Oikonomou. London: Routledge.
- Dalby, Simon (2013). “Climate Change and Environmental Security.” In Security Studies (second edition), edited by Paul D. Williams. London: Routledge.
In the News
- Keystone case shows how on carbon policy, this Canadian mouse won’t roar, James Munson, iPolitics, March 28, 2013
In an op-ed to Business Day, CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development Jonathan Crush argues that "the problems of global disparity and achieving food security in a highly variable climatic context are connected and cannot be solved separately."