Climate Change and Risk Management for International Transport

The UN Commission on Trade and Development and the UN Economic Commission for Europe recently circulated a study on climate change (the ECE study) that in its opening paragraphs makes this emphatic statement: “Compelling scientific evidence and a better understanding of the potential economic impacts of climate change have moved the issue to the forefront …

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Can foresight propel action, or are we doomed to await necessity?

There is no shortage of scientific evidence to suggest that the transition to a post-fossil fuel society is imminent, either through foresight or necessity.  Clearly, the latter – committing to decisive and meaningful collective change before the remaining critical climate tipping points are breached – is what we ought to be striving for.  This, however, …

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Climate Change and Guerilla Theatre!

To say the least, the US Chamber of Commerce has not been sympathetic to the US government’s response to climate change. At one stage the Chamber proposed that the science that supports concerns over climate change be “put on trial”. The Chamber later explained that this proposal was not directed to the climate science generally …

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The International Energy Association

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in 1974, with a mandate to promote “sustainable energy policies that spur economic growth and environmental protection in a global context – particularly in terms of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” One of the IEA’s proposals for reducing GHG emissions appears to have influenced …

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What have countries done in response to the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change?

Other targets of greatest relevance and interest to Canada include those of China, (which has already surpassed the US as the world’s largest emitter), NAFTA partner Mexico, Australia (like Canada, a major resource exporter and carbon-intensive economy) and the EU, where Canada is engaged in comprehensive trade and investment negotiations. China, which considers itself as …

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