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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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  • Policy Brief
    Green Shift to Sustainability: Co-Benefits & Impacts of Energy Transformation on Resource Industries, Trade, Growth and Taxes

    Green Shift to Sustainability: Co-Benefits & Impacts of Energy Transformation on Resource Industries, Trade, Growth and Taxes

    IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan along with several representatives from various environmental NGOs, contributed to this G20 Insights policy brief on the benefits and impacts of energy transformation.  Read More
  • Blog
    Connecting the Dots: How ecosystem services support adaptation to climate change

    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
  • Blog
    UK is in no position to lecture Saudis on oil dependence

    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
  • Blog
    A Low-Hanging Fruit for Financing and Implementing SDGs: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    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
  • Blog
    Can Investor-State Dispute Settlement Be Good for the Environment?

    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
  • Blog
    Soil Remediation in China: How a huge pollution problem is putting the green finance movement to the test

    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
  • FAQ
    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    This essay looks at eight examples drawn from the Building a Climate-Resilient City research series prepared for the City of Edmonton and the City of Calgary by the Prairie Climate Centre. Read More
  • Briefing Note
    Canada Advancing Global Efforts on Mercury Management

    Canada Advancing Global Efforts on Mercury Management

    This brief summarizes the state of knowledge on mercury management in Canada based on recent reports, as well as decades of research at the IISD-Experimental Lake Area (IISD-ELA).  Read More
  • Blog
    Financing Infrastructure – How can multilateral development banks avoid crowding out institutional investors?

    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
  • Video
    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA: Researching Estrogen

    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA: Researching Estrogen

    Some interesting results have come from IISD-ELA research on the impact of estrogen on fresh water. This short video explains how we researched the issue, and what we discovered. Read More