What does the TPP deal mean for environmental protection?

Jordann Thirgood On October 5, 2015, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal was officially struck between 12 nations that surround the Pacific Ocean. If all countries choose to ratify, this will create the world’s largest free trade zone, impacting 800 million people and totaling a trade value of $28.5 trillion – approximately 40 per cent of…

Climate Change and the Rise of the Environmental Migrant

James Drummond Canada has come under much scrutiny in recent weeks for its lack of commitment to climate change initiatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper skipped out on annual climate change talks, opting instead for a face-to-face meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And just last week, a scathing report was released criticizing Canada for…

Selling Canada: FIPA and Canada’s Climate Future

Arielle Mayer This past Sunday, over 310 000 people from around the world convened in New York City for the much anticipated “People’s Climate March”. The timing and location of the march was not random; two days later, over 125 world leaders – including United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron –…

Waste Not, Want Not: Ensuring the Future of Food Security

Denna Berg Food production is extensive. It requires large portions of land and high levels of water, energy, pesticide, fertilizer, and soil. It’s a major contributor to the economy, but is also rather tricky, as it relies on the least controllable input–the weather. Agricultural regions are now facing even greater challenges due to sporadic shifts caused…

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…