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.
IISD is focused on supporting the World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies.
Renewable energy, not gas, is the answer to South Africa's long-term energy security
Amidst soaring gas and oil prices and global shifts in energy markets, many decision makers in the private and public sectors in South Africa seem intent on investing in gas. But if we really want long-term energy security – and a just transition to a low carbon economy – we must look to renewable energy.
Countries could shift USD 28 billion/year from fossil fuels to clean energy
A new report shows Glasgow Statement signatories must urgently implement their COP 26 pledge to end new international public support for fossil fuels by the 2022 deadline.
Guerra de Ucrania pone en riesgo los compromisos de la COP26 de Glasgow: IISD (in Spanish)
Los países que se comprometieron en la COP26 a dejar de financiar la extracción internacional de combustibles fósiles van camino de incumplir sus objetivos debido a la búsqueda de alternativas al gas ruso por la guerra de Ucrania, según un informe del Instituto Internacional para el Desarrollo Sostenible (IISD).
Gas concerns risk watering down Cop 26 pledge: report
A pledge made at the UN climate conference Cop 26 to end international public financing for unabated fossil fuel projects by the end of this year risks being watered down by exemptions for gas on the back of energy security concerns, while lacking concrete strategies to boost support for clean energy, a report released by civil society organisations (CSOs) Oil Change International (OCI), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Tearfund shows.
Turning Pledges Into Action
This report discusses how Glasgow Statement signatories can meet commitments to shift international public finance from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Deal for Modernized Energy Charter Treaty Insufficient for Ambitious Climate Action
The new "agreement in principle" for a modernized Energy Charter Treaty falls short of pledges to make the trade and investment deal better suited to achieving international climate goals, IISD experts say.
The Canadian industrial sector uses electricity to power more than 25% of its energy needs. It must ramp this up to 41% by 2050 while simultaneously reducing its total energy consumption.
Indonesia's fiscal support for fossil fuels too large: IISD
The Indonesian government's fiscal support for fossil fuels is still too large, so it has the potential to slow down the energy transition and drain the public budget, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).