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Equity and Climate Change

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.

CIGI environment experts at COP 20/CMP 10 in Lima

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.

Waking up to Day 2 at the UNFCCC COP 20

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.

Disclosure-based Governance for Climate Engineering Research

Friday, 28 November 2014
A. Neil Craik, Nigel Moore
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.

Does Canada’s current energy policy make sense?

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.

The Environmental Risk Disclosure Regime: Navigating Complexity in Global Financial Markets

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.

Climate change expert Thomas Homer-Dixon to discuss Canada’s future as an energy superpower, at public lecture

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Climate change expert Thomas Homer-Dixon will investigate the breadth of renewable energy sources available in Canada and the country’s untapped potential as an “energy superpower,” at the next Signature Lecture at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

It's Time to Treat Climate Change as an Economic Issue

Monday, 27 October 2014
So here’s how things are supposed to go: Representatives of nearly 200 governments will meet in Lima, Peru in December, where they will write the first draft of a new global agreement to fight climate change. Then world leaders will gather in Paris in December 2015 to turn that draft into a new, binding accord.

Time to Replace the Catatonic UNFCCC

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Political realities provide a challenging context for climate change negotiations, including fundamental North-South differences on financial transfers and on legally binding targets. Funding is not forthcoming — the Green Climate Fund, to be disbursed to developing countries to undertake their climate actions, has yet to receive any funds. Developed countries refuse to consider making legally binding commitments to restrict emissions unless China, India and Brazil all make similar commitments. Domestic energy policy changes in the United States and the United Kingdom reveal that they are not serious about reducing emissions.

Greening Economic Growth: How Can Environmental Regulation Enhance Innovation and Competitiveness?

Thursday, 18 September 2014
Paul Lanoie
A major challenge facing society is discovering new ways to grow economies without growing environmental impacts, commonly referred to as “decoupling” economic growth from environmental degradation. It is, however, a widely held belief among both economists and regulators that the adoption of environmental regulation will, by nature, impair economic growth. In this view, policies or regulations designed to improve the environmental performance of economic actors (for example, firms) will, by default, reduce the potential for economic growth — which means decoupling is not viable as a policy objective. One need look no further than the current paralysis with the international negotiations to limit greenhouse gas emissions (and decarbonize economic growth) to see the implications of this perception.
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