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Climate: Is Revolution Justified?

Thursday, 7 April 2016
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Alex Smith
Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock interviews CIGI Senior Fellow Roger Cox on the potential need for revolution when it comes to tackling climate change.

Carbon Pricing and the WTO | Inside the Issues 6.7

Wednesday, 30 March 2016
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In episode seven of season six, CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow Maria Panezi joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host Andrew Thompson for a discussion on carbon pricing and how the World Trade Organization can respond to climate change.

China should rely more on G20 relations, clean sources for energy security, CIGI expert recommends

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
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China should rely more on multilateral relations, such as those forged at the G20, and ramp up its clean energy production to better manage its energy needs and address its environmental woes, according to a paper released today by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Canada needs a more aggressive clean-tech strategy, industry analyst says

Thursday, 24 March 2016
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SHAWN MCCARTHY
The Liberal government is aiming to propel Canada into a leadership role in the $1-trillion (U.S.) global clean-technology market, but one industry analyst said the country will need a more aggressive and coherent strategy to get there.

The Future of Canada's Oil Sands in an Emissions Constrained World

Wednesday, 23 March 2016
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With the Paris Agreement signed at COP21 this past December, the ink is now dry on an accord that binds hundreds of countries to reducing emissions to limit the global temperature increase to below two degrees Celsius. Our three panelists came together for a discussion on the economics, politics, and risks associated with Canada's oil sands in light of the Paris Agreement.

Climate Change and Sustainable Cities | Inside the Issues 6.6

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
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In episode six of season six, CIGI Senior Fellow Sarah Burch joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host Andrew Thompson for a discussion on what the Paris Climate Agreement means for sustainable cities.

Trudeau’s Rope-a-Dope Strategy to Win on Climate Change

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
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I don’t know if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a recreational boxer, approaches politics like he’s in the ring. But he appears to be using a classic boxing strategy in confronting the opponents of a national carbon price: allow them to flail in the early rounds, and then knocking them out when they’ve tired.

Prepare for a future without oil sands, CIGI Senior Fellow Jeff Rubin urges policy makers

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
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Jeff Rubin, one of Canada’s best known economists and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), has a stark warning for Canadian policy makers: Start shifting away from reliance on oil and gas production now or pay the economic consequences in a carbon-constrained world. In a CIGI paper released today, “The Future of Canada’s Oil Sands in a Decarbonizing Global Economy,” Rubin predicts that as climate change compels a deep decarbonization of the global economy, emission restrictions around the world will destroy demand for billions of barrels of oil over the coming decades, severely impairing the economic viability of high-cost producers like those located in Canada’s oil patch.

The Future of Canada's Oil Sands in a Decarbonizing Global Economy

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta premier Rachel Notley have both argued that improving Canada’s emissions record will safeguard the future development of the oil sands. The perspective offers little recognition of the current problems facing the country’s largest energy resource, and even less recognition of the problems that the oil sands will encounter as a result of actions taken by other countries to limit their own carbon emissions as pledged recently at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As climate change compels deep decarbonization of the global economy, emission restrictions around the world will destroy demand for billions of barrels of oil over the coming decades, severely impairing the economic viability of high-cost producers.

Where Do the Oil Sands Fit in a Low-Carbon Future?

Monday, 14 March 2016
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Oil sands producers may have collectively breathed a sigh of relief on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent failure to get the premiers signing on to a national price for carbon emissions. However, domestic measures to reduce carbon emissions are the least of oil sands producers’ concerns when it comes to how actions to mitigate climate change will challenge their industry’s survival.
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