Category Archives: UNFCCC

White House Provides Clarity on Climate Action

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 Summer Law Student Jonathan McGillivray Former vice president and climate change crusader Al Gore called it “the best address on climate by any president ever.”  President Barack Obama delivered a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University in which he outlined his administration’s climate change action plan.  The plan brings clarity to the administration’s position on climate change and throws ... 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 »

Federal Court rules Federal Government Was Allowed to Pull Out of Kyoto

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In a decision released on July 17, 2012, Federal Court Justice Simon Noël held that the Federal Government’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol was not in violation of the rule of law, the principle of the separation of powers or the democratic principle. Justice Noël focused mainly on his holding that withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol did not violate the Kyoto Protocol Implementation ... Read More »

An Update On Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction in Canada

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By Meghan Babin, Zizzo Allan Climate Law Summer Intern According to a recent study published in the journal Nature, Earth may be on the brink of an ecological tipping point, due in large part to the destruction of natural ecosystems, climate change and population growth.[1] Released just weeks shy of the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, ... Read More »

Australia: Carbon Credits from Farming and Forestry

Australia’s parliament has passed bills allowing the creation of carbon credits from farmland and forests, known as the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). Reuters reports that the CFI is a world first, creating a comprehensive national scheme to regulate carbon from forestry and agriculture. The CFI is also important as an important component of a broader package of climate laws and ... Read More »

Cancun Reports (Rolling Updates)

Dec. 9 - Guardian reports secret proposal for new international treaty – developing countries outraged (From the Guardian) “Europe and a group of small island Pacific states have jointly proposed a new international treaty at the UN climate talks in Cancún, Mexico, to commit developing and developed countries to reducing their climate emissions, according to leaked documents seen by the Guardian and the ... Read More »