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) works 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.
The Evolution of Private Sector Action in Sustainable Development
The history of private sector engagement in sustainable development is rife with controversy—and some genuine transformation.
Climate Action in Agriculture Policy Around the World
How does Canada stack up when it comes to climate policy in agriculture?
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes
Informed by a review of the literature on climate change, adaptation, and SRHR, this report explores the extent to which NAP processes recognize the linkages between climate change adaptation and the realization of SRHR, including maternal and newborn health, voluntary modern contraception, and gender-based violence.
ECT Watch: New Dispute Reignites Debate Over Treaty Protection for Fossil Fuel Investments
As we see yet another reminder of one of the Energy Charter Treaty's core drafting flaws, our expert takes stock of current efforts to modernize it.
Texas disaster shows need for climate audits of power grids, experts say
The frigid disaster unfolding in Texas is being seen as a warning to urgently assess the resilience of key systems like electricity to the risks posed by the climate crisis.
Testing grounds for sustainability
From UBC to Mohawk College, Canadian colleges and universities are deepening their green commitments.
Explainer: IISD Lays Out Pros and Cons of Subsidizing Hydrogen Development
As countries chart paths to net-zero economies by 2050, hydrogen has enjoyed a new wave of attention.