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It’s time for Canada to break some global logjams

Monday, 12 August 2013
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

The Equator Principles: An Effective Tool to Govern the Sustainability of Project Finance

Thursday, 2 May 2013
This project analyzes the effect of the Equator Principles (EP) for project finance on both the sustainability impact of projects and on the risk assessment procedures of financial institutions that have adopted the principles (EPFI). Based on the results, researchers will develop policy recommendations for improving the outcome of the EPs.

Canadian academic stands against XL Keystone Pipeline

Monday, 8 April 2013
Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI chair of global systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, joins Worldview to talk about his views on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Inside the Issues 3.25 | Financial Risk in Climate Change

Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Jason Thistlethwaite, Director of the Climate Change Adaptation Project at the University of Waterloo, joins podcast host and CIGI Chair of Global Security David Welch for a discussion on the relationship between financial risk and climate change.