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.
How should Canada finance infrastructure in an era of climate breakdown?
Government and its critics agree infrastructure needs to be built for a changing climate, but a debate about how to finance it will prove pivotal to the type of infrastructure Canadians get.
Rolling out DBT for power subsidy may not be easy
India’s electricity distribution sector is in tatters. Its total debt is estimated to have breached the Rs 5 lakh-crore mark in FY20 and is expected to cross Rs 6 lakh crore in the current financial year.
There's a Missing Tool In Our Fight Against Climate Change
A tool you’ve probably never heard of may be the key to enabling our climate ambition. It’s called border carbon adjustment, and it could change the way we pursue decarbonization.
We Love You, Alberta—Just Not Your Tar Sands
Alberta, it turns out, has spent three and a half million dollars in an effort to find out whether foreigners are unfairly targeting its oil-and-gas industry.
Is India Ready for an Electric Vehicle Revolution?
IISD's Tom Moerenhout looks at what India needs to do to keep up with countries already embracing the trend toward EVs.
Climate emergency not slowed by COVID-19 pandemic and planet's 'vital signs' worsening
Scientists have confirmed that despite many industries and human activities slowing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Earth's "vital signs" have actually worsened over the past two years.
IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2021
From circular economy to environmental cooperation in FTA negotiations, this third edition of the IISD Trade and Sustainability Review covers a range of policy issues from the intersection of trade and sustainable development.