On November 12, global leaders concluded the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, the fifth climate summit since the landmark Paris Agreement. The focus at COP26 was as much the urgent need for more ambitious emissions reductions goals as it was the mitigation of climate change impacts that are now inevitable.
Canada is experiencing many of the destructive effects of climate change first-hand, including heatwaves, wildfires, permafrost thawing, coastal erosion and flooding. The impacts are felt most acutely by Indigenous peoples living in the Arctic, a region warming much faster than the rest of the planet.
Faced with such climate-related threats as human insecurity, economic disruption, humanitarian crises and increased domestic conflict, Ottawa must not only adjust to consider climate change as a key factor in national security, but also work to foster greater international cooperation on the issue. That is how Canada can assume more of a leadership role in global climate change mitigation.
Domestically, tackling climate change also requires that all orders of government work in partnership with Indigenous communities and with the private sector.
The following is a selection of research and analysis by CIGI experts exploring ways to combat climate change as well as mitigate and adapt to its effects.
- Climate Change Impacts on Canadian National Security
- What Would It Mean to Treat Climate as a Security Threat?
- The Canadian Armed Forces and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief: Defining a Role
- It’s Time to Put Arctic Peoples at the Heart of Arctic Security
- Indigenous Reserve Lands in Canada Face High Flood Risk
- Better Flood Maps Are Required to Protect Canadians and Their Property
- Humanizing Climate Change: A Conversation with Sheila Watt-Cloutier
- The Case for a Climate Geoengineering Strategy
- To Advance the Low-carbon Transition, We Must Embrace Clean Technology
- COVID-19 and Climate Change
- Canada Can Lead on Climate at NATO — but We Must Move Quickly
- The G20 and Building Global Governance for “Climate Refugees”
- National Security Challenges in the 21st Century: A Discussion with Vincent Rigby
- Saving the Planet: Overcoming Challenges of Emissions Monitoring and Climate Engineering
- The Corporate Citizen & COVID-19: Session 3: Environment and the Corporation
- Leah Lawrence on Cleantech Innovation in Canada
- Kate Crawford on the Toll AI Is Taking on Humans and the Planet
- James Der Derian on How Quantum Tech Will Change Our Lives
- Joseph Stiglitz on a Post-COVID-19 Economy
- How the G20 Can Lead Us to a Low Carbon Economy