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The Tar Sands Disaster

Sunday, 31 March 2013
"If President Obama blocks the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all, he’ll do Canada a favor," writes CIGI Chair of Global Systems Thomas Homer-Dixon.

Keystone case shows how on carbon policy, this Canadian mouse won’t roar

Thursday, 28 March 2013
James Munson
Distinguished Fellow David Runnalls and CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change Simon Dalby comment on the alignment of Canada-US policies on climate change and energy.

The search for post-2015 successors to the Millennium Development Goals

Monday, 25 March 2013
"The new agenda of 'One-World Goals' should be applicable to all — both developing and developed economies, as well as the emerging economies that have succeeded in bringing the majority of their population out of extreme poverty since 2000," writes CIGI Senior Fellow Barry Carin, outlining his project's proposed goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

Energy expert questions shale gas development

Tuesday, 19 March 2013
"I'm not sure that New Brunswick should be making a major permanent commitment in this area," says CIGI Chair of Global Systems Thomas Homer-Dixon, commenting on New Brunswick's plans to develop a shale gas industry.

Keystone fears resonate along New England pipeline

Monday, 18 March 2013
Wilson Ring
"If they find any way at all to get oil sands oil to the eastern Canadian refineries, then I think somebody will argue, 'Let's reverse the Portland-Montreal pipeline because we don't need (that) crude anymore," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow David Runnalls, commenting on a rumoured reversal of the pipeline.

Inside the Issues 3.22 | Arctic Sustainability

Wednesday, 13 March 2013
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

Monday, 21 January 2013
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.

Sustainable Development and Financing Critical Global Public Goods

Monday, 21 January 2013
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.

Inside the Issues 3.15 | Science and International Public Policy

Friday, 18 January 2013
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.

Inside the Issues 3.14 | Climate Geopolitics

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
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.