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2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance

Welcome to the website of the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance taking place on 21-24 October in Toronto, Canada. The conference is hosted by the University of Toronto,…

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taskforces and working groups

Through these groups, we engage substantively with key issues of global environmental change confronting contemporary societies.

Taskforce on Planetary Justice

The Planetary Justice Taskforce of the Earth System Governance Project brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who are concerned…

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Taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Earth System Governance ‘Taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals’ brings together an interdisciplinary global group of scholars and practitioners…

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Taskforce on the Governance of Nature and Biodiversity

Aims and scope The ongoing loss of nature and biodiversity due to human activity, exacerbated by climate change, is one…

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Carbon Removal Working Group
Creating and enhancing carbon sinks has become the newest pillar of climate policy in the era of the Paris Agreement, which calls for a ‘balance of sources and sinks’ on route to the ambitious temperature targets of 2C – or even 1.5C – by century’s end. Collectively known as ‘carbon removal’ (also, greenhouse gas removal or GGR, and negative emissions technologies or NETs), these approaches are envisioned to buy time for more stringent mitigation efforts, balance ‘residual’ (hard-to-abate) emissions, and clean up ‘legacy’ emissions already in the atmosphere. Carbon removal is being taken up at multiple levels of governance: from a renegotiation of the structure of carbon accounting and offset markets, to the Paris Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), to a wave of Net Zero commitments aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050 sweeping across companies in the global North, to the European Commission’s initiative on ‘carbon farming’.
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Urban Working Group

The Urban Working Group of the Earth System Governance Project was created at the end of a meeting on Urban…

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Working Group on Economic Downturn and Climate Action

Climate action by state and non-state actors has become increasingly urgent, if the world is to limit long-term global warming…

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Asia-Pacific Working Group

The Asia-Pacific Working Group has an independent website that will be regularly updated by its members. You can view this…

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Taskforce on Anticipatory Governance

This taskforce seeks to foster a generation of researchers and practitioners with anticipatory expertise and experience around anticipatory governance that…

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Latest news and perspectives

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Towards a green trade strategy for Africa
The future of trade is green, and the future of trade is African. But with the global economy increasingly shaped by geopolitical and climate imperatives, how can the continent best advance its development goals?
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Homebound, despite rising water levels

Climate change can trigger a large influx of refugees, as expected. But according to Ingrid Boas…

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Challenges for cities in an era of compound crises

Linda Westman, Rachel Macrorie & Marielle Papin write about 'Compound Urban Crises' and how interdisciplinary discussion…

Meet the community

We have the privilege of welcoming @Tzeporah as the keynote speaker at our annual conference in October. This week, she writes in the @guardian why we must accelerate a fair energy transition with @fossiltreaty https://t.co/VbbV3Xepok

The 2nd #NERPS2023 Conference will be held at AIT in Thailand from Feb 28-Mar 3, 2023. Abstracts related to the conference theme or sub-themes on #peace, #sustainability, or their nexus are welcome until Oct 30, 2022! Visit the conference page for details: https://t.co/vZXmEsJCN0

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Meet the research fellows

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Marielle Papin
Research Fellows
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Sylvanus S.P. Doe
Research Fellows
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Coralie Boulard
Research Fellows
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