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.
Seeking Common Ground for Climate, Biodiversity, and People: How to get the debate on nature-based solutions right
To protect ecosystems and people, we must learn from past mistakes and work together on inclusive and robust nature-based solutions.
Critics want Trudeau to dump oil and gas fund
Green Party MPs and environmental groups say a financial relief program for onshore oil and gas companies should be scrapped after a scathing report by Canada’s climate watchdog was released Thursday.
Dialogue and action – Nordic cooperation and view on COP26
The Nordic countries launched several initiatives at the Glasgow climate conference COP26 which will have a real impact on the ground.
A Business Case for Investment in Canadian Community-Based Water Monitoring
The time to coordinate and fund Canada's vibrant culture of Community-based Water Monitoring is NOW.
The post-covid fossil fuels boom
Don't look now but the world is in a fossil fuels boom. As the economy bounces back from covid-19, the global demand for oil, gas and coal is skyrocketing. Yet didn't international leaders just make new climate pledges that promise to cut out these fossil fuels? How do we make sense of this contradiction? How long will the fossil fuel boom last? And will it send our climate goals out of reach?
Taking Action to Boost Sustainable Consumption in Asia
Promising initiatives are underway throughout Asia trying to change consumer behavior for the better. Where do we go from here?
Canadian Youth Look to Move Mountains for the Climate Crisis
As extreme weather events become more common, young people throughout Canada are looking at how they can influence climate policy and inspire change.