The Environmental Race to the Bottom: Fact or Fiction?

Introduction Since the mid 20th century, many have feared a global, environmental “Race to the Bottom” in which nation-states compete with one another by lowering their environmental regulations to attract industry to their jurisdictions. Hypothetically, the effect would be to create an advantage for producers in jurisdictions with strict regulations to relocate to the least-regulated […]

New Perspectives: Model United Nations and Disaster Risk Reduction

A couple of weekends ago, I chaired a committee at McGill University’s high school Model United Nations conference. 180 excited high school students simulated the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, working together to address topics like gender, poverty, and technology, all within the context of sustainable risk mitigation of natural disasters. By […]