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  • December 13
    What Are Algal Blooms and Why Do They Matter?

    What Are Algal Blooms and Why Do They Matter?

    Algal blooms on lakes are unsightly and can be toxic. Want to know what they are and how we can help combat them? Learn more.

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  • December 11
    To Phase Out Coal, World Leaders Should Learn from Tobacco Action

    To Phase Out Coal, World Leaders Should Learn from Tobacco Action

    A few countries are set to join the coal phase-out club at the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday, but more levers will be needed to bring major coal users in line.

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  • December 11
    Message to Argentina: Inclusiveness makes better policy

    Message to Argentina: Inclusiveness makes better policy

    Argentina just revoked the credentials of more than 60 civil society participants for the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference. Aaron Cosbey explains why this is a bad idea.

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  • December 9
    Paris to Paris: Raising climate finance without raising global temperature

    Paris to Paris: Raising climate finance without raising global temperature

    What does climate (and broader sustainability) leadership mean today, as we close out a year of ever-increasing emissions and one of the top three hottest years on record? 

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  • December 6
    Four Ways to Empower Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

    Four Ways to Empower Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

    Many women work in artisanal and small-scale mining, but with little support. Stacy Corneau explores four ways to empower women in the sector.

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  • December 5
    Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”

    Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”

    Was COP 23 really the 'Caterpillar COP'? Phil Gass and Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun take look back, and remind us that caterpillars are ultimately destined to emerge as butterflies...

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  • December 5
    In a World of ‘Fake News’, Why Think Tank Transparency Matters

    In a World of ‘Fake News’, Why Think Tank Transparency Matters

    Transparify has just deemed IISD “highly transparent” about our funding sources in its latest report. In a world of 'fake news' our CFO Grace Mota explains this really matters.

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  • December 1
    Exploring What Oil Spills Do to Fresh Water

    Exploring What Oil Spills Do to Fresh Water

    You may be surprised to learn that we actually know very little about what happens to fresh water systems when an oil spill occurs. That’s why IISD Experimental Lakes Area is planning a large project to answer those very questions.

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  • November 30
    Digging up the Dirt on Conflict Minerals Worldwide

    Digging up the Dirt on Conflict Minerals Worldwide

    A series of recent reports has revealed a new complexity to the familiar topic of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s “conflict minerals.” Clare Church explores how the trade now not only proliferates outsides of the mobile phone industry, but also outside of the country itself.

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  • November 27
    When Climate Leaders Protect Dirty Investments

    When Climate Leaders Protect Dirty Investments

    In 2016, global spending on oil and gas projects was more than double the total spent on renewables. That imbalance can be addressed only by restructuring the mechanisms, particularly existing trade treaties, that govern how energy investments are made and managed.

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