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.
Australians voted for stronger action on climate change. Will they get it?
On his first full day on the job, Australia's new prime minister mentioned the words "climate change" four times within two minutes of his maiden international speech.
B.C. to release 'full' climate adaptation strategy this spring
The B.C. government expects to release a climate adaptation strategy in the coming weeks, but it is unclear whether the plan will include elements that experts say are needed to make it effective.
Stockholm+50: Weaving global environmental governance
The Stockholm Conference in 1972 created the framework that still guides how countries negotiate environmental deals. How do we fulfill its vision?
Disaster Risk Reduction in an Unstable World
Successful disaster risk reduction requires both top-down, institutional changes and strategies and bottom-up, local, community-based approaches.
Synergies Between Biodiversity and Climate Policy Frameworks – A Series of Thematic Papers
These thematic papers have everything policy-makers need to pursue more synergistic responses to address the co-existing challenge of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Fossil fuel extraction must be stopped to limit global warming
New research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters emphasizes the urgency of climate change. The study shows that stopping new oil, gas and coal development isn’t enough. To avoid going over the 1.5°C temperature change limit, not only do new fossil fuel extraction projects need to be stopped, but some existing and approved projects must also be decommissioned.
Mining and drilling outside Russia is 'not a viable response' to Ukraine war, climate scientists say
It is now clear that keeping fossil fuels in the ground is the single biggest factor in whether we keep global temperatures below pre-industrial levels- or below 1.5C as it is often referred to. But a new study shows that this means more than just not mining or drilling at new sites.