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Climate uncertainty shouldn’t mean inaction

Monday, 7 October 2013
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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
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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.

Inaugural CIGI survey on international economic governance reveals ‘considerable cause for concern’

Wednesday, 4 September 2013
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egotiations and arrangements for international economic governance have regressed and there is considerable cause for concern going forward, according to a new interactive survey from CIGI.

It’s time for Canada to break some global logjams

Monday, 12 August 2013
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"It’s high time that Canada brought its lumberjack skills to bear on five major international logjams, and one small but vital blockage at home," writes CIGI Senior Fellow Brett House, commenting on sovereign bankruptcy procedures, the crisis in Europe, the future of development financing, and climate change discussions.

Climate Change Financing — The Emperor’s New Clothes

Friday, 12 July 2013
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Climate change financing is a case of collective denial mentality, as illustrated by the fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Despite the existence of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention, little has been done to begin fixing the problems caused by global warming and climate change. This commentary outlines the monetary goals for climate financing, including Hillary Clinton’s 2009 announcement of a goal of $100 billion by 2020, despite no clear definition of “climate financing.” Everyone agrees that climate financing must be in effect, yet no one is willing to be the first to commit to any real change.

Obama, unlike Harper, heeds climate’s message

Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, contrasts the political choices with regard to security and climate change, outlined in recent speeches by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama

CIGI fellow urges G20 to lead IMF rethink on climate change financing

Friday, 24 May 2013
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An innovative G20 interpretation of the rules of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may be required to finance global environmental public goods, according to a new commentary by Barry Carin, a senior fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Financing Climate Change — Untying the Gordian Knot

Friday, 24 May 2013
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The Russian presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) has green growth, financing for investment and development for all among its priorities. The question at issue is whether the G20 can advance these three priorities by tackling the complex issue of financing environmental global “public goods,” in particular climate change.

Global Problems, African Solutions: African Climate Scientists' Perspectives on Climate Change

Thursday, 23 May 2013
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Lucie Edwards
Climate change is a critical issue facing the world, and nowhere is it more deeply felt than throughout Africa — a continent contributing a small carbon footprint, but dealing with the consequences of others’ actions. African climate scientists offer a unique perspective on what is described as an “out of Africa” problem begging for “made in Africa” solutions.

The Function and Form of a Geoengineering Research Registry

Thursday, 2 May 2013
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David Runnalls, Jason Blackstock, Nigel Moore
Public disclosure of geoengineering research is a central element of global discussions on geoengineering governance. The creation of a geoengineering registry that makes research activities and results available responds to these growing disclosure needs. To date, there has been no comprehensive attempt to examine the justifications for and boundaries of such disclosure, or how to implement it. This project seeks to address this implementation gap.