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.
2022: A Full Calendar for SDG Discussions and Global Environmental Governance
The coming year will be decisive for sustainable development governance, bringing us twice as many meetings of environmental treaty governing bodies as we would expect during non-COVID times.
Expert panel says Canada needs to 'up its game' on climate data to better adapt
A new report suggests Canada is not doing enough to adapt to and prevent the effects of climate change and is lacking the critical data it needs to do so.
B.C.'s costly climate disasters show Canada's insurance gap
The storms that battered British Columbia in November left taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars because few homeowners had overland flood insurance.
IGF Case Study: Achieving a Successful Post-Mining Transition With Renewable Energy
This report examines how two former mine sites were converted to into spaces generating renewable energy.
SDG bonds: private funds, public goals
Capital markets have become a driving force in the race towards a sustainable future, and political leaders have taken note. Since entering the market for environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds in 2012, governments at all levels have raised a total of $240bn according to the Climate Bonds Initiative. Now, they have a specialised funding tool dedicated to tackling the Sustainable Development Goals.
Canada has committed to halt financing to the oil and gas industry. To understand what that really means, watch for the fine print
A global movement to permanently separate the oil and gas industry from the public purse appears to be gaining momentum, with an overarching objective of repurposing funds to promote renewable energy.
A Great Year for National Adaptation Planning and the Network to Watch in 2022
A new sense of urgency for climate action is being felt all around the world, and governments are now accelerating national efforts to put adaptation at the heart of decision making.
Kazakhstan energy price uprising risks another blow to carbon pricing
Unprecedented protests in Kazakhstan over a gas price hike this week have seen the government quickly roll back energy policy reforms, endangering the development of one of the region’s carbon markets in a further example of the political challenges of the clean energy transition.