Sharp opinion and analysis on issues that are critical to sustainable development.
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.Read More
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.Read More
How ECOWAS Parliamentarians are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture
How the ECOWAS Parliamentary Network fosters food security, women’s empowerment and investment in agriculture.Read More
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.Read More
Freshwater Lakes’ Pollution Problems Go Beyond Plastics
Focusing solely on plastic pollution ignores the myriad problems — from algae to pollution — that plague our lakesRead More
Contract Farming: Challenges and a new tool for success
IISD and FAO have developed a Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming to help farmers and responsible buyers address the shortcomings of contract farming.Read More
Ten Years of G20 Summits: Hopes and failures
Does the G20 have anything to offer in a world of conflict and confusion?Read More
What's Stalling the G20's Move to Clean Energy?
Next year will mark a decade since G20 leaders met in Pittsburgh and promised to identify and eliminate subsidies to fossil fuels. In that time, trillions of dollars in government budgets have been spent to subsidize fossil fuel production and consumption.Read More
The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)
While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.Read More
To Think Local and Act Local You Need Local Data
Data is no exception to the trend of localizing our consumption, charitable giving and development efforts.Read More