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Climate Change and Human Rights: How? Where? When?

Friday, 27 November 2015
publication
Actions taken to mitigate and adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change must be centred on human rights. This paper analyzes a few examples of national, subnational and corporate climate change policies to show how they have either enshrined human rights principles, or failed to do so. It also examines the challenge of integrating human rights principles in climate change actions. Climate change policies, if they are to respect all human rights, must actually use human rights language to articulate adaptation or mitigation measures.

When CO2 Goes to Geneva: Taxing Carbon across Borders — Without Violating WTO Obligations

Friday, 27 November 2015
publication
Carbon taxes become relevant for international trade when they are coupled with border tax adjustment (BTA) legislation for imported products. BTAs are intended to level the playing field between domestic and foreign products, but such tax schemes, if not designed properly, can be found to violate a country’s international commitments before the World Trade Organization (WTO). This paper argues that environmentally conscious governments can impose a WTO-compatible BTA to offset domestic CO2 legislation, and that federal governments need to engage in coordinated efforts to harmonize treatment of high CO2 emitters domestically, since domestic industries will not bear the burden of environmental regulation alone.

Global Patent Pledges: A Collaborative Mechanism for Climate Change Technology

Friday, 27 November 2015
publication
Access to and timely diffusion of green technologies required for adaptation and mitigation are among the major challenges faced by the international community. The role of the patent system has become the subject of increased attention in climate change discussions on technology transfer. New mechanisms for collaborative innovation are required to foster the green technology sector.

Climate Change Solidarity and Resolve: Post-Paris Strategy, Policy and Law to Translate Ambition into Action

Friday, 27 November 2015
publication
The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), being held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, is expected to articulate guiding principles and set the level of global ambition around climate change. The real work, however, will come afterward, in translating general ideas into strategies, policies and laws that actually change behaviour. This will have to be done at international, transnational, national and subnational levels, using a holistic approach that integrates and supports the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September of this year. This commentary outlines how senior fellows and researchers within CIGI’s ILRP will contribute to creating effective climate change strategies, policies and laws consistent with and supportive of global SDGs.

The End of the Beginning: Paris COP 2015

Friday, 27 November 2015
publication
The Paris Conference of the Parties 2015 is designed to produce the next round of climate change action. There are reasons to believe that the chances for success at the multilateral level are better now that they were before, but even under the most optimistic scenarios, Paris will not be the end of the negotiations. The Paris summit will be crucial to maintaining the momentum that has been building in the private sector and civil society on the issue of climate change.

Modigliani-Miller for Climate Change Financing

Thursday, 26 November 2015
blog
In recent years, attention has focused on alternative instruments to finance projects to combat climate change. Advocates of these so-called "Green Bonds" sometimes argue that the bonds result in the financing of more "green" projects and are thus a critical weapon in the battle against climate change. While this claim may be true, it doesn't necessarily follow.

Rieder: Immersive coverage for Arctic climate change

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
article
Arctic Deeply, a website focusing on the melting polar ice caps, will debut December 8th. The venture is a partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

COP 21 Paris 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
activity
CIGI includes climate change as a priority area of focus, tackling research on three fronts: environmental law, financing sustainable development, and the politics of climate governance and international negotiations. As state and non-state leaders meet in Paris, France from November 30 to December 11, for the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), the following CIGI publications offers fresh insight on how the global community can address many of key climate change challenges.

Canada Real Estate News: Real Estate Industry in Coastal Areas Affected by the Rising of Sea-Levels

Monday, 16 November 2015
article
The possibility of the sea levels rising due to climate change has been affecting the real estate industry in the coastal areas of Canada. Property buyers are starting to get wary of the dangers of living in the coastal areas, and are starting to ask questions about their safety.

Cleantech ‘revolution’ the silver lining in climate change gloom: OECD

Sunday, 15 November 2015
article
Bruce Cheadle
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says the world has yet to “turn the corner” on addressing climate change but there is room for optimism.
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