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  • October 15
    Nordhaus Nobel Recognizes What We've Long Known: Carbon pricing works

    Nordhaus Nobel Recognizes What We've Long Known: Carbon pricing works

    In 1984, Nordhaus concluded climate change is real, its impacts are global and comparable to economic depression, and it's likely to occur in sudden jolts.

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  • October 3
    USMCA Versus NAFTA on the Environment

    USMCA Versus NAFTA on the Environment

    https://www.iisd.org/story/after-nafta/#text-82776The old NAFTA set the bar in linking trade and environment.  How does its successor compare?

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  • October 2
    USMCA Curbs How Much Investors Can Sue Countries—Sort of

    USMCA Curbs How Much Investors Can Sue Countries—Sort of

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) put the famous investor–state dispute settlement mechanism on the map. Now its rebirth as the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) is taking it off again—at least between the United States and Canada.

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  • September 27
    Can Food Labelling Improvements Reduce Obesity? Belgium Says Yes.

    Can Food Labelling Improvements Reduce Obesity? Belgium Says Yes.

    OECD countries have an obesity problem, but the early results of food label change offer hope.

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  • September 24
    NAFTA Agriculture Clash Distracts From More Important Conversation: Sustainability

    NAFTA Agriculture Clash Distracts From More Important Conversation: Sustainability

    Following the NAFTA negotiations has been like riding a roller coaster, holding your breath because you don’t know what shock might be coming around the next corner.But one part of the conversation...

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  • September 21
    Water Transfers: What they are and why they need to be better managed

    Water Transfers: What they are and why they need to be better managed

    One of the most ambitious responses to the unequal distribution of water around the globe is the large-scale physical transfers of water from one source or basin to another—otherwise known as water transfers. We explore why they happen and how we can manage them better.

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  • September 10
    Cleaning up Toxic Soils in China: A trillion-dollar question

    Cleaning up Toxic Soils in China: A trillion-dollar question

    In its latest effort to address environmental problems, China has adopted its first soil pollution law. However, how to finance the remediation of the damage already done remains a big question.

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  • August 28
    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    Financial sector technology could help as cities struggle with waste.

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  • August 27
    The Multiple Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

    The Multiple Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

    We explain exactly what natural infrastructure is and all the multiple benefits that it brings to humans and to the environment.

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  • August 24
    Climate at the Crossroads

    Climate at the Crossroads

    It began and ended with two new cabinets and two new words: climate change.They were added to the title of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in...

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