Sharp opinion and analysis on issues that are critical to sustainable development.
Extracting the Voluntary Sustainability Standards Opportunity for Biodiversity Protection: The need for a dedicated policy response
Voluntary sustainability standards have a strong potential for supporting efforts to protect biological diversity. But policy makers will have to expand their role beyond mere supporters and users of such initiatives to that of watchdogs and regulators if this potential is to be realized.Read More
Microplastics: What are they and what can we do about them?
What exactly are microplastics? What are they doing to our water? And why should you be worried? We sat down with IISD Experimental Lakes Area research fellow Dr. Michael Rennie, who has recently worked on the impact of microplastics on fresh water, and he gave us the lowdown on them.Read More
Sustainable Infrastructure Projects: The bankability issue
Delivering inclusive and sustainable infrastructure requires addressing a USD 1.5 trillion annual global infrastructure financing gap.Read More
Connecting the Dots: How ecosystem services support adaptation to climate change
What does Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) look like in practice? This blog looks at lessons from recent work in Nepal.Read More
UK is in no position to lecture Saudis on oil dependence
PM Theresa May has offered to help wean Saudi Arabia off oil, but her government’s subsidies to North Sea producers are a poor model for the Middle East petrostate.Read More
A Low-Hanging Fruit for Financing and Implementing SDGs: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Phase-out and reallocation of fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) is a low-hanging fruit for financing and implementing SDGs.Read More
Can Investor-State Dispute Settlement Be Good for the Environment?
Renewable energy investors have been using investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms to fight cuts to subsidies in Europe, but this short-term gain may hinder states in their broader pursuit of environmental objectives like addressing climate change and pollution.Read More
Soil Remediation in China: How a huge pollution problem is putting the green finance movement to the test
IISD, with Chinese and international partners, is testing the potential of the entire spectrum of green finance approaches to deal with China’s legacy of toxic soils and the urgent need to restore them to health and productivity.Read More
Financing Infrastructure – How can multilateral development banks avoid crowding out institutional investors?
David Uzsoki takes a look at the role multilateral development backs should play in financing infrastructure.Read More
Zebra Mussels in Manitoba: Here are the facts
Do you really understand why zebra mussels are dangerous to our water? Moreover, what can you do about them? IISD Experimental Lakes Area research scientist Scott Higgins breaks it down for you.Read More