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.
National Oil Companies and Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions
Policymakers and climate activists alike often overlook NOCs’ role in global efforts to address climate change
Can Canada reach its emissions targets while still producing so much oil and gas?
The problem for Canada is that "we are major oil and gas producers in this country — and that is not only a major source of our domestic emissions here, but also in terms of the global climate impact, it has a very, very big footprint."
Priorities For Improving Carbon Regulation in Kazakhstan
The Global Climate Leaders’ Summit, held on 22 April 21 at the initiative of US President Joe Biden, clearly demonstrated the readiness of the countries of the world to cooperate in countering the climate threat.
New Research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area This Summer
IISD Experimental Lakes Area is carefully and safely opening its doors to new research and a slightly larger research team this summer.
Canada Steps Up on Climate but Needs Private Sector and Provinces to Follow
The government's new 2030 target is ambitious; with a collective effort from provinces and Canadian businesses, it can go even further.
Art And Science Combine In Costa Rica To Depict Climate Change
Funded by the Canadian International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the artists created the works following an exchange with a scholarly foundation that documented the impact of global warming.
What Should Take Centre Stage at the Leaders Summit on Climate?
We asked our climate and energy experts what the key priorities should be during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. Here’s what they said.
Art meets science in a new exhibition on the climate crisis in Costa Rica
The exhibition Next Season: Art and Science in the Face of the Climate Future will kick off next Thursday, April 22, at the Costa Rican Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in San Jose. Open to the public until June 19, the exhibition will showcase works depicting climate change adaptation and mitigation developed by eight artists during residencies in some of the most important scientific centres in the Central America country.