It is sunny today in Paris and the hallways are buzzing with optimism. A draft text has been passed from the negotiators to the ministers and the text still includes many of the key aspects necessary for a meaningful agreement. Many challenges remain however, and ministers are working on issues such as loss and damage and the ongoing debate over the relationship between developed and developing countries, and the emissions gap between what countries have committed to and what is necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. Read more
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“I will if you will”: The structure of the UN Climate Talks needs to be redesigned
The science of cooperation is being ignored in favour of self interest, say University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, U.S, and University of Cologne. Having individual commitments rather that agreed standards, such as setting an agreed global price for carbon, favours a more chaotic and unaccountable structure. Through the nature of peer pressure, states are more likely to aim higher and commit of the onus as shared.
In the autumn crunch, we are a hive activity here at SSG and are keen to share our work and our resources with you.
Here are our latest webinars up to January next year for you to join. We will be taking a break in December whilst at COP21 Paris for the UN Climate Talks.
1. We have our monthly Associate webinar on Wednesday 21st October 13:00 EDT, this time with Brennan Vogel on ‘Sub national approaches to climate change adaptation’
You can simply register here
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As you may have heard, we are heading to Paris in December for the COP 21 UN Climate Talks. If you will also be there, please get in touch. If you would like to subscribe to our negotiations live feed, click here and you can follow us on @Pathway2Paris.
A two year research project launched in 2012 to explore challenges in creating sustainable communities is complete. Undertaken by Royal Roads University’s Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development and SSG, The Solutions Agenda explores eight key issues impacting Canadian communities: food security, multi-functional spaces, energy security, the cooperative movement, rural revitalization, mental health, the future of work, and waste. The project engaged the research team and dozens of leading innovators in virtual e-Dialogues. All participants convened in early 2015 in a peer-to-peer learning exchange to draft the Agenda. Read more