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Does Canada’s current energy policy make sense?

Thursday, 30 October 2014
blog
Does Canada’s current energy policy make sense? “No,” says Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI chair of global systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. To boot, it’s not economically viable in the medium to long term.

The Environmental Risk Disclosure Regime: Navigating Complexity in Global Financial Markets

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
publication
In recent years, a plurality of different governance initiatives has emerged that are designed to expand the disclosure of environmental risk within financial markets. The emergence of these initiatives represents an important policy development, and it has the potential to reduce environmental risk within the financial sector by incentivizing investments in sustainable economic activity capable of long-term value creation. Unfortunately, environmental risk disclosure has yet to be assessed as a field of governance activity in addition to its potential effectiveness in improving disclosure within financial markets.

Climate change expert Thomas Homer-Dixon to discuss Canada’s future as an energy superpower, at public lecture

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
article
Climate change expert Thomas Homer-Dixon will investigate the breadth of renewable energy sources available in Canada and the country’s untapped potential as an “energy superpower,” at the next Signature Lecture at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

It's Time to Treat Climate Change as an Economic Issue

Monday, 27 October 2014
blog
So here’s how things are supposed to go: Representatives of nearly 200 governments will meet in Lima, Peru in December, where they will write the first draft of a new global agreement to fight climate change. Then world leaders will gather in Paris in December 2015 to turn that draft into a new, binding accord.

Time to Replace the Catatonic UNFCCC

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
publication
Political realities provide a challenging context for climate change negotiations, including fundamental North-South differences on financial transfers and on legally binding targets. Funding is not forthcoming — the Green Climate Fund, to be disbursed to developing countries to undertake their climate actions, has yet to receive any funds. Developed countries refuse to consider making legally binding commitments to restrict emissions unless China, India and Brazil all make similar commitments. Domestic energy policy changes in the United States and the United Kingdom reveal that they are not serious about reducing emissions.

Greening Economic Growth: How Can Environmental Regulation Enhance Innovation and Competitiveness?

Thursday, 18 September 2014
publication
Paul Lanoie
A major challenge facing society is discovering new ways to grow economies without growing environmental impacts, commonly referred to as “decoupling” economic growth from environmental degradation. It is, however, a widely held belief among both economists and regulators that the adoption of environmental regulation will, by nature, impair economic growth. In this view, policies or regulations designed to improve the environmental performance of economic actors (for example, firms) will, by default, reduce the potential for economic growth — which means decoupling is not viable as a policy objective. One need look no further than the current paralysis with the international negotiations to limit greenhouse gas emissions (and decarbonize economic growth) to see the implications of this perception.

Weather Mindshift

Wednesday, 6 August 2014
article
David Common
CIGI Fellow Jason Thistlethwaite comments on the City of Toronto's climate change risk strategy and its preparedness for extreme weather event, following heavy rainfall and flooding in and around the city.

Infrastructure and Sustainable Development Goals in the BRICS-Led New Development Bank

Monday, 21 July 2014
publication
The presidents and foreign ministers of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries met in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 15 and signed a formal agreement to create the BRICS-led bank called the New Development Bank (NDB). The NDB will focus its lending on infrastructure and sustainable development projects; however, these two priorities are at least partially incompatible.

African Climate Change Negotiators Need a New Strategy

Wednesday, 9 July 2014
publication
There is currently little prospect of a successful international agreement resulting in effective, legally binding emission targets and significant “new and additional finance transfers” to developing countries; however, there is room for Africa to formulate an effective strategy in climate change negotiations.

Will Climate Change Spark Conflict in Bangladesh?

Friday, 27 June 2014
article
M. Sophia Newman
CIGI Chair of Global Systems Thomas Homer-Dixon is quoted in The Diplomat on environmental migration.
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