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.
IISD is focused on supporting the World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies.
Countries could shift USD 28 billion/year from fossil fuels to clean energy
A new report shows Glasgow Statement signatories must urgently implement their COP 26 pledge to end new international public support for fossil fuels by the 2022 deadline.
Turning Pledges Into Action
This report discusses how Glasgow Statement signatories can meet commitments to shift international public finance from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Deal for Modernized Energy Charter Treaty Insufficient for Ambitious Climate Action
The new "agreement in principle" for a modernized Energy Charter Treaty falls short of pledges to make the trade and investment deal better suited to achieving international climate goals, IISD experts say.
The Canadian industrial sector uses electricity to power more than 25% of its energy needs. It must ramp this up to 41% by 2050 while simultaneously reducing its total energy consumption.
Indonesia's fiscal support for fossil fuels too large: IISD
The Indonesian government's fiscal support for fossil fuels is still too large, so it has the potential to slow down the energy transition and drain the public budget, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
India must colour coal cash green for mining hubs to survive
Every year in October, cash registers ring in shops dotting east India's mining hubs during the Hindu festival season of Dussehra, when the country's biggest coal company, Coal India Ltd., hands its workers a bonus.
Indonesia’s Energy Support Measures Hit IDR 279 Trillion in FY 2020 Disproportionately Benefitting Fossil Fuels
Energy support measures in Indonesia hit IDR 279 trillion in FY 2020, of which a staggering 88% was allocated to fossil fuels, according to a new report from IISD.
No Oil Producer Wants to Be the First to Give Up the Fuel. Except Gustavo Petro's Colombia
Brazil’s former president was laughing at me. I was sitting opposite 76-year-old Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in an overly air-conditioned studio in São Paulo this March, interviewing him for a story on Brazil’s October elections, for which he is leading the polls. I had just asked Lula if he would be interested in signing up to a bold climate pledge made by Gustavo Petro—then the leftist front runner in Colombia’s 2022 presidential race and, as of this week, the nation’s president-elect. As part of his campaign, Petro vowed to immediately stop issuing new permits for oil exploration—a big deal in a country where oil makes up 40% of exports, and 12% of government income. Petro also called on Lula, who could become his most important regional ally, to join him. So, would he?