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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Blog
    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, what IISD Experimental Lakes Area has discovered, and lay out what needs to happen next. Read More
  • Blog
    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.  Read More
  • Report
    Cities and Smart Grids in Canada

    Cities and Smart Grids in Canada

    This report looks specifically at smart grids within the context of grid modernization and urban settings in Canada.  Read More
  • Commentary
    NAFTA Renegotiations Must Protect 20 Years of Progress on Labour and Environmental Protections in Trade Agreements and Address New Risks

    NAFTA Renegotiations Must Protect 20 Years of Progress on Labour and Environmental Protections in Trade Agreements and Address New Risks

    Sandra Polaski, an expert on labour and social policy issues at national and global levels gives us her take on the NAFTA negotiations in relation to labour, environment and trade agreements. Read More
  • Blog
    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. Read More
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    Together, Canada, China and the EU Can Fill Trump's Climate Leadership Void

    Together, Canada, China and the EU Can Fill Trump's Climate Leadership Void

    A critical summit offers the chance for 34 major world economies to raise their collective climate efforts—without the aid of the U.S. Read More
  • Briefing Note
    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    This article explores distributed water harvesting, a climate change adaptation strategy that can offer the co-benefit of enhancing ecosystem services. Read More
  • Guidebook
    A Guidebook to Reviews of Fossil Fuel Subsidies: From self-reports to peer learning

    A Guidebook to Reviews of Fossil Fuel Subsidies: From self-reports to peer learning

    This guidebook provides a step-by-step approach to government reviews of fossil fuel subsidies. The guidebook covers the design of reviews, identification, measurement and evaluation of subsidies, via country case studies and practical tools, as a first step towards transparency and reform. Read More
  • Guidebook
    Practice Guide to Auditing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender equality

    Practice Guide to Auditing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender equality

    This guide is the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation’s first methodology focused on SDGs and was produced in collaboration with IISD and Women Deliver, and with funding from Global Affairs Canada as part of its support of the Foundation’s International Legislative Oversight Program.  Read More
  • Briefing Note
    How Green Public Procurement Became a Crucial Pillar for Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Strategy

    How Green Public Procurement Became a Crucial Pillar for Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Strategy

    This document provides an overview of the 3.5 year Green Public Procurement in Bhutan project, led by IISD and supported by the EU SWITCH-Asia program. Read More