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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.

Canadian courts could face climate-change cases in wake of Dutch ruling

Monday, 14 September 2015
Roger Cox, an expert in climate change law and partner at the Dutch law firm Paulussen Advocaten, was the lead lawyer for the Urgenda Foundation which won a controversial decision in June 2015 when The Hague District Court ordered the Dutch government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020. The article includes quotes from an interview CIGI arranged for Mr. Cox last week in which he describes how similar climate-change litigation could be used in Canada and other jurisdictions.

Suing governments into climate action: Leading Dutch lawyer to discuss global relevance of ground breaking European case

Wednesday, 9 September 2015
The Court of The Hague issued a ground-breaking ruling in June 2015 that ordered the Netherlands to reduce the country’s carbon emissions 25 percent by 2020. Are citizen public interest suits the future model for how governments will be held accountable for their international climate change commitments? Is this case relevant in the Canadian context?

CIGI grows financing sustainable development team with two new global experts

Friday, 14 August 2015
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Senior Fellows Celine Bak and Sarah Burch with its Global Economy Program. Both experts will concentrate on the area of financing sustainable development, with Bak exploring economic reporting of environmental goods trade for G20 economies, and Burch focusing on multi-level governance of climate change and sustainability challenges.

UN climate talks: game on

Thursday, 6 August 2015
Katie Kouchakji
Events leading up to climate change negotiations in Paris offer hope that a binding and universal deal can be struck. The next step is helping developing nations move away from fossil fuels.

CIGI expands climate change team with new Senior Fellow, geoengineering and human rights expert Wil Burns

Thursday, 30 July 2015
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wil Burns as Senior Fellow with its International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective immediately.

How China Can Help Lead a Global Transition to Clean Energy

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Alvin Lin, Luan Dong, Yang Fuqiang
China’s coal consumption fell marginally in 2014, the first such drop this century, in large part as a result of its policies to address its severe air pollution, develop renewable and alternative energy, and transition its economy away from heavy industry. China should take advantage of its current circumstances to adopt an aggressive national coal consumption cap target and policy to peak its coal consumption as soon as possible, no later than its next Five Year Plan (2016–2020), so that it can peak its CO2 emissions by 2025. It can achieve this target by building upon its existing achievements in developing clean energy such as wind and solar power, and by prioritizing renewable energy development over coal in its western expansion. China can help lead a transition to clean energy that will contribute greatly to global efforts to keep warming to no more than 2°C, and can serve as a model for other developing countries.

CIGI appoints A. Neil Craik as Senior Fellow to explore issues of climate change and environment law

Monday, 13 July 2015
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of A. Neil Craik as Senior Fellow with its International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective immediately.

Bianca Jagger delivers message of indigenous rights at Climate Summit of the Americas

Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Today, Bianca Jagger, recently appointed Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s (CIGI) International Law Research Program, delivered the message of indigenous rights, deforestation and climate change, on a panel on Land Use and Sustainable Development in a Changing Climate, at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada.
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