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Sustainability is the Watchword

Friday, 9 October 2015
Should we be optimistic about the progress being made by key economies in addressing the risks brought on by climate change? CIGI Global Economy Research Associate Samantha St. Amand reports from on the ground in Lima, Peru following the seminar, "The Financial System We Want."

Sustainable Climate Finance: From Discussion to Action

Friday, 9 October 2015
In a packed theatre in the middle of Lima at the 2015 International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) Annual Meetings in Peru, Christine Lagarde (Managing Director of the IMF) declares, “The threat is real!” at the flagship conversation on climate change.

Growth, Innovation and Trade in Environmental Goods

Thursday, 8 October 2015
Reporting on global trade in environmental goods would provide a comprehensive lens into diversification that will be needed for the transition to low-carbon economies, help countries benchmark the shorter- and longer-term impact of policies such as regulation and fiscal stimulus targeted at green growth, as well as innovation, and strengthen the G20 leaders’ commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth by providing visibility into the pace of investments to address climate change.

Global Treaty or Subnational Innovation? Canada's Path Forward on Climate Policy

Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Canada's position on climate change is deeply contentious and constantly evolving, and presents a challenge of multi-level governance (across sectors, civil society and multiple levels of government). This policy brief describes examples of innovative climate change policy at the subnational level, articulates the roles played by different levels of government, and provides a series of recommendations on pathways to carbon-neutral, resilient communities.

Tragedy of the Horizon: Do climate change risks really affect us?

Thursday, 1 October 2015
Does climate change have an effect on financial sector institutions such as banks, investors, and the insurance business? The general response to this question would be: "Probably not. The financial industry is not a major emitter of greenhouse gases and probably not affected by carbon pricing such as cap and trade regimes or carbon taxes."

Canada is falling behind in the global market for green technology.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Céline Bak, CIGI Senior Fellow, comments on the clean-tech sector and Canada’s environmental goods.

Global Sustainability, Climate Change and Finance Policy: A South African Perspective

Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Olaf Weber, Penelope Hawkins
One of the most important and topical discussions within the global multilateral arena is the challenge of meeting the world’s climate finance needs in order to reduce carbon emissions to sustainable levels and support adaptation strategies. The mobilization of finance is key in supporting the transition away from traditional high-carbon or business-as-usual economic pathways toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economic systems. A conference, Global Sustainability, Climate Change and Finance Policy, organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the South African Institute for International Affairs and held in Johannesburg from July 1 to July 3, considered aspects of the debate.

CIGI appoints leading Dutch lawyer Roger Cox to explore climate justice, international law and domestic courts

Tuesday, 15 September 2015
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Cox as Senior Fellow with its International Law Research Program (ILRP).

Assessing Scientific Legitimacy: The Case of Marine Geoengineering

Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Lucas Dotto, Bryan Pelkey
Marine geoengineering — the deliberate intervention in the marine environment to manipulate natural processes, including the mitigation of climate change impacts — has been occurring at untested scales and without appropriate oversight. Spurred by negative reactions to ocean iron fertilization efforts that began in 2007, the parties of the London Convention and the London Protocol created an assessment framework to govern marine geoengineering. This brief seeks to remedy the existing gaps in this governance.

Activist Dutch lawyer says climate change lawsuit could work in Canada

Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Mackenzie Scrimshaw
New CIGI Senior Fellow Roger Cox is the focus of an article in iPolitics, following his participation in a workshop in Toronto. The article discusses how Cox’s legal tactics could be used in Canadian courts to require the Canadian government to take action to address climate change. The article also quotes CIGI Senior Research Fellow David Estrin, who expresses his optimism for legal climate action in Canada.
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