Featured Appearances

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Dr. Chakraborty discusses the impact of climate change in relation to recent heat waves around the world.

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Dr. Chakraborty discusses the costs of coast defense systems.

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Dr. Chakraborty discusses climate change contributing to heat wave severity

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BBC World News Segment on China Trade Wars and impact on global food supply

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Dr. Sweta Chakraborty speaks at ACTia 2019 Annual General Meeting and Clean Tech Social. ACTia is the leading voice for Alberta's cleantech sector; fostering local and global connections between technology developers, entrepreneurs, investors and customers; and is accelerating industry development. Learn more about ACTia.


Featured Publications

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President Donald Trump’s most recent Environmental Protection Agency rollback was unveiled Aug. 21 as the Affordable Clean Energy Rule.” The purpose of the plan is to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. While these title descriptions may sound similar, the plans couldn’t be further apart.

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President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Agreement has fired up a powerful coalition of leaders in the private and public sectors, and the results have been heartening.

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This book examines how regulatory and liability mechanisms have impacted upon product safety decisions in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors in Europe, the USA and beyond since the 1950s. Thirty-five case studies illustrate the interplay between the regulatory regimes and litigation. Observations from medical practice have been the overwhelming means of identifying post-marketing safety issues. Drug and device safety decisions have increasingly been taken by public regulators and companies within the framework of the comprehensive regulatory structure that has developed since the 1960s. In general product liability cases have not identified or defined safety issues, and function merely as compensation mechanisms. This is unsurprising as the thresholds for these two systems differ considerably; regulatory action can be triggered by the possibility a product is harmful, whereas establishing liability in litigation requires proving that the product was actually harmful.As litigation normally post-dates regulatory implementation, the 'private enforcement' of public law has generally not occurred in these sectors. This has profound implications for the design of sectoral regulatory and liability regimes, including associated features such as extended liability law, class actions and contingency fees. This book forms a major contribution to the academic debate on the comparative utility of regulatory and liability systems, on public versus private enforcement, and on mechanisms of behaviour control.

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Here’s a thought. Let’s relocate communities vulnerable to sea level rise and hurricanes away from the coast! I understand that this may not be the most popular of ideas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start the conversation. Especially given that retreat is inevitable.

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We are in the anthropogenic era of man-made climate change. We impacted the speed at which the planet is warming, ocean temperatures are rising, polar ice caps are melting, and ultimately the frequency and consistency at which more extreme-weather events are occurring.