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.
Why Canadian Liquefied Natural Gas Is Not the Answer for the European Union’s Short-Term Energy Needs
This policy brief shows that Canadian LNG infrastructure would come too late to address Europe’s energy security needs and offer little benefit to Canada’s economy.
Uniper drops coal case as tensions rise over treaty on fossil fuel projects
German energy company Uniper has been forced by its government to drop a lawsuit against the Netherlands over the proposed closure of coal power plants, highlighting the tensions over a treaty protecting fossil fuel projects.
What We Heard From the Global Stocktake's First Technical Dialogue on Adaptation
The Global Stocktake under the Paris Agreement is now underway. At its first Technical Dialogue in Bonn in June 2022, what did participants say about climate change adaptation and what does it mean for global adaptation ambition?
Time's Running Out on Canada's Inefficient CAD 8.6 Billion of Support for Big Oil
The clock is ticking on two of the federal government’s promises to make tangible progress to stop subsidizing and funding fossil fuels by the end of 2022. But the government continues to provide huge support to the industry, and while lower than the previous year, it is still over CAD 8.6 billion.
India unveils new commitments that could make or break global climate response
Almost nine months after Narendra Modi committed India to a net-zero goal and a drastic increase in the share of renewables, the country’s cabinet has finally approved an enhanced climate action plan, adding more ambitious targets but leaving some expected goals out.
UN, IMF disagree on who should foot the bill of the energy crisis
UN chief António Guterres called for windfall taxes on oil and gas this week, arguing it is “immoral” for fossil fuel companies to reap record profits while ordinary people suffer from a cost of living squeeze.
MC Explains: Proposed changes in Energy Conservation regulations - why are they important for India?
Union Minister of Power Raj Kumar Singh introduced the "Energy Conservation Amendment Bill, 2022" in the Lok Sabha, which aims to boost clean energy and help in achieving India's commitments towards climate change.
Earth Today | Gender and climate change group
Clehan Williams (left), adviser to Senator Matthew Samuda, minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation, joins representatives of the team that developed Jamaica’s Gender and Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan at the recent unveiling of the document. From second left are: Consultant gender specialists Anika Grey and Indi McLymont-Lafayette; Dr Orville Grey, regional manager, Caribbean, at the Green Climate Fund; Angie Dazé, gender equality and social inclusion lead at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Sharon Coburn Robinson, principal director at the Bureau of Gender Affairs; Catherine Senecal, programme manager, resilience at IISD; and Omar Alcock, senior technical officer (mitigation) at the Climate Change Division.