The science is clear—our climate is changing, and the change is caused by human activity.
We can still make a difference. But we must act together. When the world takes coordinated action, we know profound and lasting impacts can follow.
IISD is actively involved in the two main responses to climate change: adaptation and mitigation. We partner with countries to help them cope with a changing climate and transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. By backing major initiatives like fossil fuel subsidy reform and climate adaptation planning, we use our expertise to lessen the flow and concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and help people build a more resilient future.
Global Subsidies Initiative
The Global Subsidies Initiative was designed to put the spotlight on subsidies and the corrosive effects they can have on environmental quality, economic development, and governance.
NAP Global Network
The NAP Global Network works with partners in the world’s most vulnerable countries to develop and implement plans to make communities, ecosystems, and economies more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Climate Change Adaptation
As climate risks escalate, we help governments and communities anticipate, cope, and adapt.
Fossil fuel subsidies make little sense in a world shifting to low-carbon sources of energy to tackle climate change.
We work to identify wasteful practices, encourage new thinking, engage civil society, and support policy reform.
Energy Policy Tracker
Providing a detailed, real-world picture of the current state of support for different energy types in recovery packages around the world.
Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC)
The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC) works to increase capacity on the Canadian Prairies to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
The IISD is focused on supporting the current World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies by the end of 2020.
Sustainability Assessment of an Onshore Wind Portfolio in Germany
The assessment integrates environmental, social, and economic costs and benefits into an asset valuation to improve the transparency of the wind asset's impacts on the environment and important stakeholders. It also evaluates the asset's financial resilience to climate change risks.
Young Manitobans Win $20,000 to Save Lake Winnipeg
Particuleye Technologies has won the Aquahacking Lake Winnipeg 2020 Challenge
How Jharkhand's rich households corner power subsidies worth Rs 300 cr
Jharkhand's electricity consumers received a total subsidy worth Rs 1,250 crore ($170 million) during April 2018-March 2019 (or financial year 2018-19).
'Eat less meat to help the climate' doesn't apply to everyone – here's why
More plants, less meat — it's a simple way to sustainably feed the planet's exploding population. But for the millions who depend on livestock to make ends meet, it's not so simple.
Understanding and advancing climate adaptation in Latin America
Adaptation— which aims to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on people and systems and identify opportunities under these new and changing circumstances—lacks a simple mandate that the field of mitigation has had for decades.
Why carbon tariffs could be coming to Canada soon
So-called “carbon border adjustments” involve tariffs imposed by countries with carbon pricing on imports from jurisdictions without equivalent policies.
Tenth of pandemic stimulus spend could help world reach climate goals
The world could get on track to avert catastrophic climate change by investing a tenth of a planned $12 trillion in pandemic recovery packages in reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
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In the transition to clean energy, a just transition can minimize negative impacts and maximize positive opportunities.
Conflict and Peacebuilding
Natural resource management and other environmental factors are linked to violent conflicts in a variety of complex ways.