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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.

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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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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Taskforce on Climate Governance
Climate governance must better reflect characteristics of sectoral systems.
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Taskforce on Knowledge Cumulation

The Earth System Governance ‘Taskforce on Knowledge Cumulation’ seeks to bring together scholars that share a common interest in making…

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Taskforce on Earth System Law
The Task Force on Earth System Law is composed of a large member network worldwide, which accommodates an interdisciplinary community of scientists focusing on the legal challenges of the Anthropocene and the many complex, multi-scalar governance challenges arising from within an Earth System context.
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Working Group on Environment, Representation and Rights.
ESGRREW was created in 2016, opening an inclusive and ethical space where different perspectives can join forces to shape a common understanding of our world in law and policy
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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 Ocean Governance

The Taskforce on Ocean Governance seeks to address the daunting multi-level challenge of oceans governance in the Anthropocene. It brings…

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Announcement of Keynote Speaker Tzeporah Berman
We are delighted to announce that Tzeporah Berman will give the keynote address at the Opening Plenary at the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance. 

Meet the community

Excellent volume on #International Relations of #SouthAsia. Fortunate to have contributed a chapter on the #politics of #climatechange in the region - linking various levels of #policy & #governance to explain a fragmented approach. @girmanipal @DoRMAHE_Manipal @ESG_Project https://t.co/tIw606lTao

Frank O'Donnell @frank11285

Excited that the @routledgebooks Handbook of the International Relations of South Asia, co-edited w/Sumit Ganguly @IUPOLS, now available for preorder https://t.co/l1NU0XaL0v https://t.co/qVYGXByIVf! 🧵

Don’t miss your chance to read new Cambridge Element The Carbon Market Challenge by Regina Betz, @AxelMichaelowa @pcastr_ @kotschR @mmehling Katharina Michaelowa and Andrea Baranzini! Free access available until 28 September #cambridgeelements #Science https://t.co/mgafwcvy5W

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Meet the research fellows

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Annabelle (Belle) Workman
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Dr. Tariro Kamuti
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David Gordon
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