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What’s really at stake in Paris?

Friday, 4 December 2015
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What’s really at stake in Paris can be neatly summed up in one sentence: how can we provide a decent standard of living for 9 billion people by 2050, while reducing our greenhouse gases (GHGs) by at least seventy-five percent?

How the SDGs provide our best hope for ambitious and effective climate action

Thursday, 3 December 2015
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide useful guidance for shaping law, policy and practice for implementation of effective and ambitious climate change action. Specifically, they exhort nations to share innovation and prosperity, promote global cooperation and solidarity and address equality and climate justice. CIGI and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) cosponsored a COP21 official side event on The new role of climate finance, policy & law, exploring this integrated and transformative approach.

An update on Canada at COP21

Wednesday, 2 December 2015
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Paris is now returning to some sense of normalcy after the departure of heads of state and government. The first day of COP21 was dominated by a suffocating police presence around the conference site, including major hotels where leaders were staying.

Why Jeff Rubin believes Canada's approaching carbon emissions all wrong

Tuesday, 1 December 2015
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Jeff Rubin, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Governance Innovation, joins Bloomberg’s Pamela Ritchie for a look at why Canada’s emission target approach is all wrong.

Obama pushes for climate pact with some ‘legally binding’ aspects

Tuesday, 1 December 2015
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Shawn McCarthy
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would accept a Paris climate agreement that has some “legally binding” elements, setting up a battle with Senate Republicans who insist on the right to ratify on any deal that would have force of law in the United States.

The climate movement must find the courage to kill some of its many darlings

Tuesday, 1 December 2015
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I think the followers of the UN’s Twitter account were supposed to be impressed. The institution last week sent around a video that described the Paris climate jamboree —otherwise known as the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP 21 — in terms of some really big numbers: 45,000 attendees, officials from 196 countries, 166 proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, etc.

Let us not forget the WTO

Monday, 30 November 2015
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To tackle climate change and Greenhouse Gas emissions is no easy task. In a recent article, Don Pittis discusses the possibility of carbon taxes and suggests they would not work. Pittis’s article neglects consideration of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which stands at the centre of the international trade regime and has enormous impact on global trade.

CIGI at COP21: Experts available for comment

Monday, 30 November 2015
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Paris, France – As the global climate change community gathers in Paris, France for the latest talks on one of the world’s most pressing issues, experts from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are available for comment and analysis on the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), held November 30 – December 11, 2015.

A State of Emergency in France: Draconian Measures Threaten Civil Liberties

Monday, 30 November 2015
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Bianca Jagger, Senior Fellow for the International Law Research Program, discusses the security measures taken in Paris for the COP21, following the horrific November 13th Paris terrorist attacks.

Remembering Maurice Strong on the Eve of COP 21

Sunday, 29 November 2015
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David Runnalls
We are leaving for COP21 in Paris with the knowledge that one of the greats in the environmental field has died. Maurice Strong passed away in Ottawa, Canada, on the eve of the conference. He had not been well for the past few months, but he still followed the preparations for the meeting with keen interest, meeting only last weekend with Klaus Töpfer, one of his successors as Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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