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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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  • November 25
    Ending Coal: From diplomacy to implementation

    Ending Coal: From diplomacy to implementation

    We need to bring an end to coal—in a sustainable and economically inclusive way. Ivetta Gerasimchuk explains how.

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  • November 21
    Developing Future Leaders: Meet Kali Taylor, a Global Shaper

    Developing Future Leaders: Meet Kali Taylor, a Global Shaper

    We check in with Kali Taylor, who has just been named a "Global Shaper," to learn more about the Global Shapers program and what she hopes it will bring for her, both personally and professionally.

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  • October 30
    Manitoba's Carbon Pricing Plan: What it gets right, and where we go from here

    Manitoba's Carbon Pricing Plan: What it gets right, and where we go from here

    The Government of Manitoba has just announced A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Jane McDonald breaks down the plan piece by piece to look at the pledges made and explore where the province needs to go from here. 

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  • October 27
    Zambian Villagers Win the Right to Sue a Mining Company in the United Kingdom

    Zambian Villagers Win the Right to Sue a Mining Company in the United Kingdom

    In an interesting development, the United Kingdom Court of Appeal recently upheld the decision of a lower court that British courts have jurisdiction to hear a case in which a United Kingdom-based mining company’s activities caused harm abroad (in Zambia). We explore.

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  • October 16
    Four Lessons on Communicating ASM from IIED’s Stories of Change Initiative

    Four Lessons on Communicating ASM from IIED’s Stories of Change Initiative

    In this guest column, IIED's Gabriela Flores presents four of the best lessons she has learned in communicating the complex topic of artisanal and small-scale mining.

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  • October 12
    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    If we are to truly achieve the SDGs—and be sure to"leave no one behind"—we need the kind of complete picture that only disaggregated data can provide.

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