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Advancing the climate debate in Canada

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
blog
We can have our cake and eat it too, said Chris Ragan, Canadian economist and chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Speaking at CIGI as part of the Signature Lecture Series, Ragan discussed a radically practical approach to advancing the climate debate in Canada, which included exploring the Ecofiscal Commission’s mandate and its most recent report, The Way Forward: A Practical Approach to Reducing Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Breaking Climate Inertia: A "Radically" Practical Approach

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
video
In this lecture, Chris Ragan discusses a new middle-ground approach that addresses two critical questions: What is the most cost-effective way to achieve greenhouse gas reductions that aligns with our economic prosperity? And, what is the most pragmatic way to achieve those reductions in the context of our highly diverse Canadian federation?

Big World, Small Planet | Inside the Issues 5.21

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
video
In this episode, sustainability expert Johan Rockström visits the podcast studio to discuss his latest book Big World, Small Planet: Abundance Within Planetary Boundaries. In addition to discussing the planetary shift into the Anthropocene epoch, the conversation considers resilience theory, tipping points, and the need to create a new global paradigm that works within planetary boundaries.

Climate economist presents ‘radically’ practical approach to breaking climate inertia

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
article
The vast majority of Canadians agree: we need to take more action on climate change, but not if it means undermining our economy. This mindset, which pits environmental headway against economic well-being, has polarized the climate discussion in Canada and made progress difficult. The next CIGI Signature Lecture will explore climate policy solutions with the potential to create a new middle ground and unite a divided nation.

United Nations climate deal should create policy options ‘menu’ to increase ambition, says first CIGI paper in new climate series

Monday, 27 April 2015
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The climate change agreement to be adopted at COP21 in December should include a menu of policy options that can facilitate and incentivize increased ambition over time. This is the key recommendation in the first policy brief issued under the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s (CIGI) Fixing Climate Governance series.

Law, Governance and Climate Change

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
publication
Katherine Lofts
The International Workshop on Law, Governance and Climate Change was held in Lima, Peru, on December 6, 2014, as a parallel event during the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. More than 50 scholars, policy makers, experts, practitioners and stakeholders were convened from more than 40 countries to explore emerging human rights, economic and environmental laws, policies and practices linking climate change with sustainable development, and to chart a new international research and education agenda.

Policy Options Could Increase Ambition in the 2015 Climate Agreement

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
publication
Henrik Jepsen
Economy-wide targets for emissions reductions will be an indispensable element of a 2015 agreement, but reaching agreement on ambitious targets is notoriously difficult. The agreement needs to include a mechanism that can facilitate and incentivize increased ambition over time. Such a mechanism should focus on high-potential policy options that contribute to the same general goal: climate change mitigation.

Emerging Issues in International and Transnational Law Related to Climate Change

Friday, 17 April 2015
publication
The CIGI International Law Research Program held its first multi-stakeholder environmental law consultation workshop in Toronto on February 18, 2015. This report summarizes observations from the workshop, and recommended areas for future international law research.

Submission to Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015

Tuesday, 14 April 2015
publication
The International Law Research Program (ILRP) of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) responds to select questions from Ontario's Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015, as part of a province-wide public consultation process by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

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.
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