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Taking Urgent and Timely Action on Climate Change

Monday, 13 April 2015
blog
Describing climate change as “a problem that is both critically important and urgent,” today Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the province is joining the Western Climate Initiative greenhouse gas (GHG) cap and trade system, with other jurisdictions, notably Québec and California.

CIGI appoints sustainability finance expert Olaf Weber as Senior Fellow

Tuesday, 7 April 2015
article
Waterloo, Canada — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Olaf Weber as Senior Fellow with its Global Economy Program. Weber will focus his research on sustainability and the banking sector, including sustainability guidelines and regulations for central banks and regulatory bodies.

Big World, Small Planet: Abundance Within Planetary Boundaries

Monday, 30 March 2015
video
In this CIGI Signature Lecture, sustainability expert Johan Rockström explores how we as a species have passed the tipping point of nature's ability to accommodate for the societal behaviours (and byproducts thereof) required to sustain the global economy.

Canada’s Coming Property Insurance Crisis

Wednesday, 11 March 2015
publication
In many areas across Canada, climate change will erode the conditions necessary for property insurance to remain available and affordable. This policy brief looks at the challenges facing the insurance system and presents policy recommendations aimed at sustaining and maximizing the insurance system and its benefits.

Procedural Governance of Field Experiments in Solar Radiation Management

Wednesday, 11 March 2015
publication
A. Neil Craik, Nigel Moore, Stefan Schäfer, Mark Lawrence
Throughout 2014 and into early 2015, a series of workshops with selected solar radiation management experts examined and developed ways in which procedural governance can be further employed to ensure cooperation, information disclosure, transparency and assessment especially in light of various concerns about the risks that such activities may present to the environment and about their complex social and political implications.

The Arctic Council Leadership Merry-go-round: Words of Advice as the United States Assumes the Arctic Council Chairmanship

Monday, 26 January 2015
publication
Jennifer Spence
In April 2015, the United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and its focus on climate change must be complemented by efforts to further advance sustainable economic development. The credibility and relevance of the Arctic Council is at stake — leadership is needed to establish a long-term vision, strengthen the council’s governance model and work with all stakeholders to tackle the substantial policy challenges that the region faces.

The Equator Principles: A Tool for a Sustainable Financial Sector?

Thursday, 18 December 2014
publication
Olaf Weber, Emmanuel Acheta
The sustainability and societal impact of the financial sector have been discussed intensively since the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. Although voluntary codes of conduct — such as the Equator Principles (EPs) for project finance, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment that focus on the sustainability of institutional investments and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Financial Initiative (UNEP FI), a general guideline for managing sustainability in the financial sector — have been in place for at least a decade, they were unable to point the financial sector in a sustainable direction in order to prevent the financial crisis.

Climate Change Action and the ILRP Research Agenda

Friday, 12 December 2014
blog
One can only be dazzled by Peru, a country with 28 of the 32 world climates and a vast range of cultural and culinary traditions. And one has to give credit to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment for Peru and COP 20 Chair, for bringing a modern perspective to climate change.

Preventing climate change “chaos” requires constitutionalizing rights and climatizing laws

Thursday, 11 December 2014
blog
Calls for changes to national and state constitutions to allow citizens and courts to have a role in preventing “climate change chaos” and protect human rights were heard from senior South American jurists at a seminar held December 8 at the Peruvian Constitutional Court during the COP 20 meetings in Lima.

Provinces and states to lead North American carbon reduction measures

Wednesday, 10 December 2014
blog
While national governments in North America are spinning wheels in reducing carbon emissions, “sub-national” initiatives by Canadian provinces and American states are attracting attention at COP 20 in Lima.
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