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  • January 28
    Davos, Sustainable Development and an Open Mind

    Davos, Sustainable Development and an Open Mind

    What did a sustainable development professional take away from mingling with the billionaires, world leaders, technocrats and financiers of Davos?

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  • January 23
    Should Farmers Who Follow Sustainable Practices Be Rewarded?

    Should Farmers Who Follow Sustainable Practices Be Rewarded?

    Meeting sustainability standards can have valuable benefits for smallholder farmers, but what happens when the product fails to sell?

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  • January 22
    What Effect Will Automation Have on the Environment?

    What Effect Will Automation Have on the Environment?

    We know automation will change or eliminate jobs, but what impact will it have on energy use, natural resource use and the environment?

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  • January 17
    Success Stories and a Network on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

    Success Stories and a Network on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

    Many countries and private sector leaders shared fossil fuel subsidy reform success stories at the recent United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland.

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  • January 9
    Why Financing Rural Infrastructure Is Crucial to Achieving Food Security

    Why Financing Rural Infrastructure Is Crucial to Achieving Food Security

    Financing infrastructure, including roads, storage and localized energy grids, will help provide food security for the millions of people living in hunger worldwide.

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  • January 3
    Why Public Policy Matters When It Comes to Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

    Why Public Policy Matters When It Comes to Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

    Cold statistics on gender equality in government reveal only part of the story; the cultures and processes behind the stats can teach us much more about where we are headed. 

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  • December 27
    India's Energy Subsidies Moving in the Right Direction

    India's Energy Subsidies Moving in the Right Direction

    India has become an outspoken proponent of renewable energy, but do the facts back up the rhetoric? Is the central government walking the talk when it comes to India's energy subsidies?

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  • December 19
    Why Climate Risk Disclosure is Key to a Sustainable Economy

    Why Climate Risk Disclosure is Key to a Sustainable Economy

    It will take significant private sector investment for Canada (and the world) to reach the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement. An important first step to securing that investment is making sure climate risk disclosure becomes mandatory.

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  • December 17
    Our Sustainable Development Holiday Reading List

    Our Sustainable Development Holiday Reading List

    Looking for a book or podcast on sustainable development to enjoy during the holidays? The IISD team has your holiday reading list ready.

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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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