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Coronavirus, resilience, and food security: how can trade policy help?
With the coronavirus outbreak prompting widespread restrictions on the movement of goods, services and people, UN agencies are warning that the resulting hit to jobs and incomes could seriously worsen hunger and malnutrition.
Let this crisis teach us that we must be prepared for the next
As communities across Canada grapple with the deadly and damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a rare window right now into how important it is to be prepared for a crisis.
Rethinking India's Energy Subsidies Needed During Uncertain Times
Over the last four years, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water have been mapping India’s energy subsidies. The trend indicates a decline in India’s overall energy subsidies over the last five years.
Connecting the Dots: COVID-19 and the Environment
From lower carbon emissions in China to clear water in Venice, the environmental improvements seen since the start of COVID-19 might be temporary — but what we do next is crucial.
Canada earmarks energy aid funds to reduce emissions
TORONTO, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major energy sector aid package announced on Friday by Canada's Prime Minister featured major funding for sustaining 10,000 jobs in environmental clean-up and emissions reductions, as companies and workers grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
How to Clean Up an Oil Spill at The Kitchen Table
Researchers will tell you that we don’t know a lot about how to clean up an oil spill in freshwater, and that’s important for the Great Lakes. While pipelines may be safer than trucks and railroads for transporting oil, they still leak.
Climate Change Tracker: A greener future after COVID-19?
When the Indian economy begins its recovery after the pandemic, there should be a big push to move away from fossil fuels.
Our GDP fixation keeps us from measuring Canada's true wealth
GDP numbers only offer a partial measure of Canada’s wealth, ignoring the factors that tell us whether our well-being is sustainable in the long term.
Energy policies could get reset in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
While India should prioritise health and economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, there will also be an opportunity for clean energy transition as part of coping strategies and support measures, says a new report which examines India’s energy policies.
Tax Relief Can Help Mining Cos. Cope With Virus, Groups Say
Targeted tax relief can sustain the mining industries of developing nations during the economic slump caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a paper from two international development organizations.
Doubling down on Alberta’s oil and gas sector is a risk Canadians can’t afford to take
In times of unprecedented crisis, government leadership means being bold. But as Canada and its provinces prepare to roll out record-breaking emergency responses to help the newly jobless and throw lifelines to drowning sectors, it’s becoming clear that not all support is created equal.
We Need a Global Stimulus Package to Avoid a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis
COVID-19 has hit hard, fast and everywhere. It is, above all, a public health crisis and addressing it as such is today’s most critical challenge. But already the links to other crises are emerging.
Postponing major environmental summits is the right thing to do
China and the UK must ensure all nations are involved in planning the delayed summits to protect biodiversity and to raise climate action.
Help Canada’s workers now—but don’t lock us into a high-carbon future
Times of high unemployment and low interest rates are the right time for new, low-carbon investments and infrastructure.
Who are the 2,000 people that are afraid to get tested for COVID-19?
One metre, that is the standard set by the WHO for social distancing. Yet there are people who live in dilapidated squalors, crammed together in dirty rooms with people lying together like sardines in a can.
The rules of foreign policy are changing
The world’s nations must come together to deal with global climate problems, or face heavy costs to their own national security.
Canada needs an inclusive approach to climate action
The impacts of climate change will affect nearly all people across Canada, but to different extents and in different ways; we must remember this as we plan and implement adaptation actions.
Green action pathway revealed: Toolkit to help Manitoba businesses bolster climate-change readiness
Not so long ago, the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce surveyed members on all sorts of things and found more than 50 per cent said climate change was a concern for their business. They also learned that about 75 per cent did not have a formal climate action plan in place.
Oil Crash Sends New Shock Through World Crippled by Virus
Lower oil prices could allow governments to cut subsidies and increase taxes on fossil-fuel consumption and use revenues to invest in renewable projects, said Ivetta Gerasimchuk at IISD.