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) worked 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.
Canada won't stop Crown corporations from investing in fossil fuels any time soon. Here's why
The federal government has no plans to immediately stop Crown corporations from financing fossil fuel companies, but it's not ruling out pushing them to reduce those supports more quickly, says Canada's environment minister.
The Paradox of Pledging: Is more flexibility enough?
With just weeks remaining until the UN climate talks in Glasgow and countries facing calls to show greater ambition, it's time to look at what we have learned from "bottom-up" approaches to environmental governance.
Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Indonesia Double with COVID-19 Recovery Package
In a new brief, experts warn that fossil fuel subsidies in Indonesia's 2020 COVID-19 recovery package are not in line with climate targets.
G20 Members Must Commit Now to Reducing Fossil Fuel Spending
As governments put their COVID-19 recovery strategies into action, they must ensure that public funds go to support the energy transition, rather than perpetuate past reliance on fossil fuels.
Latest California oil spill paints grim picture for future generations
The fossil fuel industry’s grip on politicians blocked meaningful policies that could have protected our climate future and prevented these oil disasters.
Emissions tracker: How countries compare ahead of COP26
Time is running out. Nearly every government in the world has signed up to the 2015 Paris Agreement aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change and keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Yet the world is already experiencing 1.2°C of warming on average, with Arctic nations such as Russia and Canada warming at two to three times the rate of other countries around the world.
What future for oil nations in a zero-carbon world?
An oil and gas discovery used to be a dream for developing countries, bringing immense foreign investment and the chance of a miraculous route out of poverty. After 13.1 million tonnes of gas were discovered off the coast of Mozambique in 2010, French energy giant Total announced an investment in the country worth $20bn – nearly twice the size of the country’s economy.