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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare for Climate Impacts

President Barack Obama removed his jacket as the temperature reached 32ºC during an address on climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013.
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  Written by Jessica Vaianisi, Student-at-Law Deliberate preparation, close cooperation and coordinated planning were the stated objectives within the executive order issued by President Obama on November 1st.[1] The order directs all levels of government to prepare for the impacts of climate change through both enhancing ongoing programs and creating new strategies.[2] Executive orders are the official process through which ... Read More »

Industry and ENGOs Urge Carbon Pricing in Ontario: An Open Letter to the Ontario Government

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  On June 5th the Cement Association of Canada, representatives of the clean technology and carbon market industries, and non-governmental organizations released a joint letter in support of a carbon pricing system in Ontario to spark innovation in the economy and see progress for climate change. Ten signatories representing these diverse sectors have jointly urged the provincial government to take ... Read More »

Ontario’s Climate Change Progress Report Released

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The Ontario government released its Climate Change Progress Report, Climate Vision on November 13, 2012. The report gives an account of the Governnment’s past, current and future planned climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. It features some great success stories and signs of leadership from non-governmental bodies, including Project Neutral (Travis sits on the Board!). Some highlights we’ve teased out thus ... Read More »

NRTs final report recommends transition to a low carbon economy and reiterates need for a national carbon price

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The global market for low carbon goods and services (LCGS) could grow from $339 billion (2010) to between $3.9 and $8.3 trillion per year by 2050, according to a new report released by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT).  Framing the Future: Embracing the Low-Carbon Economy – considers how Canada needs to position itself with ... Read More »

WCI Inc Releases 2.0 of the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service

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The Western Climate Initiative, Inc. has announced a new release of its Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS). The new release of CITSS adds features and functionality to manage compliance instruments. The CITSS is currently used in Quebec and California as they embark on their linked cap-and-trade systems.  Further details of the announcement and WCI, Inc. can be found here. ... Read More »

Travis to speak at ICLEI Liveable Cities Forum 2012 in Hamilton

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ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) is hosting its annual Liveable Cities Forum 2012 in Hamilton, Ontario from November 29-30th. Travis will be discussing the business case for climate adaptation with a focus on municipalities. You can register on the ICLEI website here. Panel Summary: A4 – Making the Municipal Business Case  Introduction to Business 101 teaches us of the importance ... Read More »

Failure to disclose: The Materiality of Environmental Risk

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A recent decision by Vancity Investment Managements Ltd. to remove Enbridge from two SRI funds and employee pension plans suggests a growing concern over the financial influence of environmental risks. The decision to withdraw came as a result of alarm over Enbridge’s operational management and performance after a series of incidents called into question the safety of the company’s pipelines. ... 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 »

New Study Convinces Former Climate Skeptic of Human Influence on Global Temperature Rise

Former climate change denier and Berkley physicist Prof Richard Muller recently renounced his skepticism of global warming in an op-ed piece written for the New York Times after performing his own analysis through the Berkley Earth Surface Temperature project. Previously, Muller maintained dissatisfaction over data that had been used in previous temperature studies [1] but claims that findings within the ... Read More »