Friday, 12 December 2014
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.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
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.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
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.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Climate change action and the lack thereof has not infrequently evoked reference to Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot. Watching the play one wonders, why the characters are stuck in that dismal landscape and who is the mysterious Godot with the power to change everything.
Friday, 5 December 2014
Weighty but ill-defined terms frame the agenda at COP 20. One attends a session on “Equity and Differentiation in the Context of INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions]” and the speakers promise they will not waste time defining equity since the audience understands the term well.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Environment and international law experts from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are available for interview on the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) and tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10) in Lima, Peru.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
There are at least two things going on at the COP 20: building of relationships that endure and solving deeply complex problems. The relationship building is important because it helps scientists talk to policy people and lawyers, NGOs talk to technical experts, and government representatives interact with civil society and the business community.
Friday, 28 November 2014
This paper examines the implementation challenges and role of disclosure-based governance within climate geoengineering (CE) research. The paper examines how disclosure-based governance can facilitate minimizing socio-environmental concerns and ensuring legitimacy in the research process itself, and discusses key design features needed to achieve these ends.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
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.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
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.