Closing the Gap between Canadian Emissions Targets and Performance: The Role of a National Carbon Tax
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his intention of forging a national climate change strategy with the provinces to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to at least 30 percent below their 2005 levels by 2030. Yet without a national standard for emissions pricing, and a federal mechanism to enforce it, the country has been left with a hodgepodge of highly disparate provincial emissions regulations that put Canada in no better position to achieve current emissions targets than it was to meet past targets. The federal government needs to assume a leadership role by establishing a national carbon tax that can be harmonized with existing provincial pricing mechanisms to achieve national emissions reduction targets.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
In episode eleven of season six, CIGI Senior Research Fellow David Estrin joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host Andrew Thompson for a discussion on climate change litigation, including recent cases in the Netherlands and Pakistan.
Limiting Dangerous Climate Change: The Critical Role of Citizen Suits and Domestic Courts—Despite the Paris Agreement
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
This paper focuses on the emerging new role of citizen suits, domestic courts and human rights commissions in limiting dangerous climate change. Given the failure of states to stop the almost constant increase in global carbon emissions (and now the worrying practical and legal gaps in the 2015 Paris Agreement), frustrated citizens are increasingly looking to domestic courts to require governments to mitigate emissions and limit climate harm. This emerging role is demonstrated in three important 2015 decisions: Urgenda from the Netherlands; Leghari from Pakistan; and Foster v Washington Department of Ecology from the United States.
Monday, 9 May 2016
While wildfires are covered by property insurance, CIGI Senior Fellow Jason Thistlethwaite says the latest fires in Alberta's Fort McMurray could easily become the largest insured loss in the industry's history. In an interview with Canada's BNN television, he discusses his assessment of the economic effects this extreme weather event and what businesses and governments can learn from the devastation.
Monday, 9 May 2016
A two-day workshop brought together 30 individuals representing the following stakeholder groups: insurance industry, governments and intergovernmental organizations, international development banks and financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, research and think tank organizations, as well as academics, to explore the role and limitations of insurance, existing international funds and other innovative concepts to address catastrophic as well as slow-onset climate-related loss and damage.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
The one thing U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman says he's being asked about most these days is the one thing he can't really talk about — the race for the White House. "There isn't a place in Canada … where somebody doesn't pull me aside with a question, or a statement," Heyman told an audience at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on Wednesday.
Friday, 29 April 2016
The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented evolution in both international law and climate change law. We all hope that it will be enough to save the planet.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Bill Gates predicts researchers will "discover a clean energy breakthrough that will save our planet and power our world" within the next 15 years. What is the current state and future of clean energy technology? Can renewables such as solar and wind replace carbon-intensive energy sources? Is a game-changing energy innovation needed to avert climate catastrophe? The Agenda examines the current state and the future of cheap and clean energy technology, and the practical and political challenges of shifting to renewable energy. CIGI Senior Fellow Sarah Burch participates in a panel discussion in Waterloo, Ontario.
Friday, 22 April 2016
Emerging economies and other developing countries managed to insert language in the Paris Agreement regarding the required leadership of developed countries in climate action, reflecting the responsibility of the developed world for accumulated emissions and their greater capability to act.
Friday, 22 April 2016
As heads of state and ministers from around the world head to New York to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, we sit down with CIGI Distinguished Fellow and President of the Board of Directors at the Pembina Institute David Runnalls and ask why signing this treaty matters and what we can expect to come from it.