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Sharp opinion and analysis on issues that are critical to sustainable development.

  • October 11
    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    The SDGs are interconnected and complex. We are working to tackle that problem head-on while developing innovative approaches to achieving them.

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  • October 10
    Canada Must Do More to Adapt to Climate Change, Environment Commissioner Says

    Canada Must Do More to Adapt to Climate Change, Environment Commissioner Says

    Canada’s Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, just called on the federal government to do more to prepare Canadians for the impacts of climate change. We explore how that needs to happen.

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  • October 6
    How Scientific Knowledge Can and Should Guide Policy-Making

    How Scientific Knowledge Can and Should Guide Policy-Making

    Now that it is welcoming its first federal chief science advisor, Pauline Gerrard explains how Canada can best support and nurture its scientific community.

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  • September 29
    Digging Out of Conflict: Can Artisanal Mining Support Peacebuilding?

    Digging Out of Conflict: Can Artisanal Mining Support Peacebuilding?

    We sit down with Alec Crawford to talk about the relationship between conflict and the artisanal mining sector, and to see if there are opportunities for it to operate alongside peacebuilding efforts.

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  • September 29
    Hunger Is On the Rise: Here are three ways to stop it

    Hunger Is On the Rise: Here are three ways to stop it

    Hunger levels are rising. Carin Smaller explores how technology could help tackle climate change and end hunger.

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  • September 28
    China’s Largest Arbitration Institution Adopts its First Investment Arbitration Rules

    China’s Largest Arbitration Institution Adopts its First Investment Arbitration Rules

    China’s new rules for investment arbitration are not yet publicly available in English. We present an advanced draft of the rules, and explain why they matter.

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  • September 26
    Conserving Biological Hotspots in Conflict-Affected Democratic Republic of Congo

    Conserving Biological Hotspots in Conflict-Affected Democratic Republic of Congo

    Maiko National Park, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is so remote that the park’s northern edge can only be reached by a seven-day walk through thick, inhospitable forest.

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  • September 23
    Mercury: What it does to humans and what humans need to do about it

    Mercury: What it does to humans and what humans need to do about it

    As the very first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury takes place, we explain why mercury poses such a risk to humans and what IISD Experimental Lakes Area has discovered, and lay out what needs to happen next.

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  • September 22
    Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts Proliferate

    Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts Proliferate

    In the 1990s and into the early 2000s, there was debate about whether there was a need to talk about climate change adaptation. 

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  • September 20
    Farmland Investments Are Finding their Way to International Arbitration

    Farmland Investments Are Finding their Way to International Arbitration

    A claim registered by a Swedish investor against the Tanzanian government for revoking a land title amid concerns over the impact on local communities and a wildlife sanctuary is the first known investor-state dispute against a government linked to the so-called “land grab” phenomenon, which arose out of the 2008 food crisis.

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