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Oil below $44 US on rate fears, China trade data

Monday, 9 November 2015
North American oil prices fell below $44 US a barrel on Monday, hurt by reports of China's economic slowdown and a high U.S. dollar.

Jeff Rubin: Canada Feeds the World

Monday, 9 November 2015
Jeff Rubin, CIGI's Senior Fellow for the Global Economy Program, says that climate change could bring great financial benefits to Canada. Namely, Rubin thinks a longer crop growing season caused by climate change could make Canada the world's bread basket. He joins The Agenda to explain what Canada needs to do to take advantage of this possible opportunity.

Leading economist and energy expert Jeff Rubin appointed CIGI Senior Fellow, to study Canada’s move to a low carbon economy

Monday, 9 November 2015
Waterloo, Canada — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to welcome Canadian economist and author, Jeff Rubin, as a Senior Fellow. A former chief economist at CIBC World Markets, Rubin is a world leading energy expert.

Private International Law: A Backdoor to Coherence in Climate Change Litigation?

Saturday, 7 November 2015
Sue Vern Tan
During the plenary session on climate change at the Canadian Council on International Law’s 2015 Annual Conference, panel speakers voiced observations about the potential increase in the prevalence of climate change litigation. In September, CIGI hosted a workshop on the possibility of climate change litigation in Canada following the public lecture by Roger Cox on the Urgenda decision.

Fixing Climate Governance through Effective Technology Partnerships

Thursday, 5 November 2015
Arunabha Ghosh, Sudatta Ray
This paper describes three obstacles that have impeded climate-friendly technologies, namely, lack of appropriate financing, intellectual property restrictions and insufficient or underutilized capacity and outlines proposals for two new partnerships that could be designed to target these challenges and be more effective than previous efforts: a partnership on energy access and a partnership on energy storage and grid balancing.

A Climate Change Litigation Precedent: Urgenda Foundation v The State of the Netherlands

Wednesday, 4 November 2015
In June 2015, The Hague District Court rendered a historic judgment in the climate case of Urgenda Foundation v The State of the Netherlands, stating that the Dutch state commits “a tort of negligence” by not adequately regulating and curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Roger Cox, lead counsel for Urgenda, presents his account of the case and the ruling, which marks the first successful climate change action founded in tort law — and a landmark precedent for such cases in other jurisdictions around the globe.

Canada's new leader to step out on world stage

Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Michel Comte
Justin Trudeau takes over as Canada's prime minister on Wednesday, striking out on the diplomatic stage with a fortnight of back-to-back summits leading up to the UN climate talks in Paris.

Justin Trudeau Is Bringing Stephen Harper’s Emissions Plan to the Paris Climate Talks

Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Ashley Renders; Hilary Beaumont
On the eve of his swearing in, Canada's next prime minister already has climate critics on his doorstep.

Is your pension fund safe from climate change? Fiduciary duty is the key.

Friday, 30 October 2015
Claudia Delpero
Volkswagen faces major lawsuits from investors and shareholders for the losses caused by the scandal on emissions cheating devices. Now imagine if companies were held responsible for ignoring the risk of climate change in their investment decisions. The problem is very real, as pension funds in particular could be accumulating assets that in the long run will not earn financial returns.

Paris Climate Talks: A Success Dressed Up Like a Failure?

Thursday, 29 October 2015
COP21 will be viewed by many as humankind’s last chance to make the cuts to CO2 needed to prevent a climate catastrophe. CIGI Distinguished Fellow David Runnalls discusses emerging climate change agendas from various actors and asks if Paris can be a success despite the unwillingness of governments to face up to the reality described by the scientists. Will the global community over-promise and under-deliver?
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