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.
Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative
A new initiative aims to support nature-based climate action that protects livelihoods and biodiversity in the most vulnerable parts of the world.
IISD is focused on supporting the World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies.
Canada’s First National Adaptation Strategy Is a Milestone Toward Achieving Climate Resilience
Canada reached a major milestone toward a climate-resilient future today with the release of its first National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) for final consultations and an accompanying federal Adaptation Action Plan.
Germany bets on global green hydrogen economy
German development minister Svenja Schulze has announced that Germany will contribute €550 million ($572 million) towards a new global green hydrogen economy. Over time, the funding will rise to €2.5 billion as more money is provided by Germany's KfW Development Bank, according to Stefan Wenzel, state secretary in Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.
Sustainable Asset Valuation of Land Restoration in Sodo District, Southern Ethiopia
This report presents a SAVi assessment that quantifies the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of assisted natural regeneration in Ethiopia.
COP27: Developed countries pushing 'loss and damage' talks in own direction
The organisation tasked with providing independent coverage of COP27 negotiations says it expects 'loss and damage' to dominate talks again this week. For the first time, financing for the damage already wrought on developing nations by climate change is being discussed at the annual UN climate summit. The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Earth Negotiations Bulletin has held a briefing at the halfway mark of the conference.
Making the Leap
This brief argues that Just Energy Transition Partnerships (in South Africa, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Senegal) should support leapfrogging from fossil to renewable energy.
Economic and Financial Issues in Renewable Energy Arbitration
This article provides an overview of key economic and financial issues that are frequently encountered in renewable energy arbitration. The challenges of RES investments and the impact on uncertainty are discussed in turn. Thereafter, the key lessons from renewable energy arbitration in Spain are considered. Finally, the economic and financial considerations for the assessment of liability and damages are considered in more detail.
Learning From Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan Processes: Insights from countries to inform the review of the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan
Based on the priority actions of 10 African and Caribbean countries for integrating gender equality in their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes, we identified recommendations for effectively advancing the Gender Action Plan (GAP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
COP27: The Government tells the world no more oil and gas is needed - but it can't stop letting companies dig
New Zealand's climate ambassador says it’s "just crazy" for rich countries to open up new supplies of fossil fuels. Yet the Government awarded new oil and gas exploration permits – and this year fought for its right to do so in court.