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.
Climate Security and Peacebuilding in a Time of Converging Crises
While rarely in and of itself a sole driver of violence, climate change impacts can exacerbate traditional drivers of conflict. The international community must come together to help.
Developing a Pathway for Universal Infrastructure Coverage
This discussion paper argues that, for developing countries in particular, structuring infrastructure as a business has many advantages over structuring infrastructure as a project.
Amplifying Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) with National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes
While climate change and the biodiversity crisis are driving demand for nature-based solutions (NbS), the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process can encourage and strategize the use of nature-driven solutions like ecosystem-based solutions (EbA).
What the Next Generation Needs From a Green Recovery
IISD energy expert Vanessa Corkal sat down with Aliénor Rougeot, coordinator of Fridays for Future Toronto, to get her take on Canada’s green recovery.
Pandemic increased direct aid to fossil fuel producers, new study shows
A new report suggests the economic impact of the pandemic led to a massive increase in federal aid to Canada's oil patch.
Canada’s federal fossil fuel subsidies jumped more than 200% from 2019 to 2020
New report finds federal subsidies to fossil fuels increased to $1.9 billion last year as government responds to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
Recovery Through Reform: Assessing the climate compatibility of Canada's COVID-19 response in 2020
This brief focuses on 2020 fiscal commitments by the Canadian federal government in key energy-related sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing on data from the Energy Policy Tracker.