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  • December 14
    The French Lesson on Climate Change Action

    The French Lesson on Climate Change Action

    President Emmanuel Macron's failure to engage with the public on fuel price increases can backfire unless France follows Just Transition principles.

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  • December 14
    Canada Should Copy Europe When It Comes to the Bioeconomy

    Canada Should Copy Europe When It Comes to the Bioeconomy

    The recently announced EU Bioeconomy Strategy continues that continent’s legacy of advancing biological solutions to environmental questions and strategically highlights the economic benefits of the approach with a strong focus on jobs, growth and investment.

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  • December 14
    G20 Countries Must Speed Up Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms

    G20 Countries Must Speed Up Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms

    Like dancers doing the tango, G20 countries step forward and back when it comes to climate action. It's time to pick up the pace.

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  • December 14
    Good COP, Bad COP: Reflections from a climate change conference

    Good COP, Bad COP: Reflections from a climate change conference

    Stresses and worries after the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, comes to an end... but hope, too.

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  • December 13
    Belief in Climate Change in the Age of Trump

    Belief in Climate Change in the Age of Trump

    Will more evidence affect climate action, or are we entering a new Dark Age characterized by willful ignorance? Scott Vaughan reflects as COP24 struggles to make the necessary progress.

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  • December 12
    Do Voluntary Standards Actually Stop Biodiversity Loss?

    Do Voluntary Standards Actually Stop Biodiversity Loss?

    Protecting our biodiversity is a complex challenge many voluntary sustainability standards are trying to address. We look at their strengths and weaknesses.

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  • December 12
    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    We are proud to announce the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) recently confirmed IISD as an associate member.

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  • December 11
    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How the ECOWAS Parliamentary Network fosters food security, women’s empowerment and investment in agriculture.

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  • December 7
    We Must Study Marijuana's Impact on the Environment Before It's Too Late

    We Must Study Marijuana's Impact on the Environment Before It's Too Late

    How could marijuana impact freshwater supplies? The focus on human health with Canada’s legalization has highlighted the lack of discussion on the potential environmental effects.

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  • December 3
    Freshwater Lakes’ Pollution Problems Go Beyond Plastics

    Freshwater Lakes’ Pollution Problems Go Beyond Plastics

    Focusing solely on plastic pollution ignores the myriad problems — from algae to pollution — that plague our lakes

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