GMOs, Risk, and the Precautionary Principle

Marcelo Gortari In several decades, the human population is projected to reach a staggering 9 billion people. In the face of this astronomical growth, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) seem to promise the perfect solution. With engineered traits such as greater resistance to floods, droughts, and pests, GMOs suggest higher production of food for both developed […]

The Montreal Protocol: A Model for Future Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Evan Brander The Doha Climate Change Conference of November and December 2012 was widely considered a failure. The conference drafted an agreement to extend the Kyoto protocol from 2012 to 2020. However, only a limited number of countries representing 15% of global carbon emissions made commitments under the new plan. Major emitters like Russia and […]

What Does it Take to Convince Someone?

Wilfrid Chan A week ago, I came across this article in Mother Jones that I found completely convincing, not least because it appealed to many of my assumptions and intellectual interests. It contends that much of the spike in crime across the developed world in the 60’s was the result of lead pollution from the […]

Canada is Falling Short on Climate Change

Laura Davidson Canada was one of the first countries to sign the Kyoto protocol. It was also the first to formally withdraw from it. The Chretien Liberal government ratified the protocol in 2002, and it officially came into force in 2005. Canada’s obligations under the Kyoto protocol were to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 6% below […]

Report from the Field: Things We (Canadian Policy Wonks) Take for Granted

MPP candidates at the School of Public Policy and Governance have the opportunity to study abroad in their second year of studies. This year, we are featuring these students’ experiences in a mini-series: Reports from the Field. Brianne Kirkpatrick is currently on exchange at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Brianne Kirkpatrick 1. […]