Category Archives: International Response

Momentum Builds on the Path to Paris: Papal Encyclical and Dutch Court Demand Greater Climate Action


June 25, 2015 As the international community prepares to negotiate a global agreement on climate change at COP21/CMP11 this December in Paris, two institutions have recently taken unprecedented actions to help build momentum, calling for swift and ambitious action. Last week, Pope Francis issued a wide-ranging teaching letter calling for unified global action on climate change and the environment. And ... Read More »

Climate Change Mitigation: Significant Efforts Required in the Next 15 Years

House flood

In early April of this year, the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”)[1] approved and released the contribution of Working Group III (the “Report”), the third report to make up the Fifth Assessment Report, which presents a comprehensive, objective and policy-neutral discussion of climate change mitigation. The Report discusses international stocks and flows of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) and ... Read More »

International Monetary Fund Encourages Governments to Put a Price on Carbon


The International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) recently published a new book aimed at convincing policymakers and government officials to put a price on carbon emissions. The book, Getting Energy Prices Right: from Principle to Practice,[1] (the “book”) outlines the environmental and health costs that stem from societal dependence on carbon-based energy and urges governments to adopt policies that account for those ... Read More »

World Bank Chief Outlines Need for Investor-Driven Change

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

In a speech at the recent World Economic Forum the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim. He speaks about the need to price carbon and come up with government policy to support action on climate change. Of particular interest is his emphasis on the capacity and need for investor-driven change:   Financial regulators need to lead, as well.  Sooner ... Read More »

California and Quebec Cap and Trade Systems Set to Link


Written by Summer Law Student Jonathan McGillivray Combining forces to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fight climate change, California and Quebec will officially link their cap-and-trade programs on January 1, 2014.  “California and Quebec both recognize that putting a price on carbon and letting the market find cost-effective and innovative solutions is the wisest approach both environmentally and economically,” ... Read More »

White House Provides Clarity on Climate Action

President Barack Obama removed his jacket as the temperature reached 32ºC during an address on climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013.
Photo: Georgetown University

Written by Summer Law Student Jonathan McGillivray Former vice president and climate change crusader Al Gore called it “the best address on climate by any president ever.”  President Barack Obama delivered a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University in which he outlined his administration’s climate change action plan.  The plan brings clarity to the administration’s position on climate change and throws ... Read More »

Pursuing a “Global Solution” – Canada’s Response to Climate Change on the International Stage

Article by Jessica Vaianisi, Summer Law Student   Canada’s action on climate change, both domestically and internationally, has been largely criticized. Despite its formal withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol in 2011, Canada has stated that it recognizes that “climate change is a global challenge requiring a global solution.”[1] However, Canada’s presence in recent international conferences has attempted to reiterate their ... Read More »

An Update On Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction in Canada


By Meghan Babin, Zizzo Allan Climate Law Summer Intern According to a recent study published in the journal Nature, Earth may be on the brink of an ecological tipping point, due in large part to the destruction of natural ecosystems, climate change and population growth.[1] Released just weeks shy of the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, ... Read More »