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.
Governments’ Fossil Fuel Production Plans Out of Sync with Paris Limits
The 2021 Production Gap Report finds governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with 1.5°C.
Countries' fossil fuel production plans out of sync with Paris limits: UN report
Over the next two decades, governments are collectively projecting an increase in global oil and gas production and only a modest decrease in coal production.
Plans for global fossil fuel production wildly out of step with climate limits
World governments plan to produce fossil fuels at more than double the rate consistent with warming of 1.5°C, new research has found.
Report shows fossil fuel production out of step with government climate commitments
Governments around the world expect to produce twice as much fossil fuels as their climate commitments would allow, a new international report has found.
The world is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050. Here's what that means
Canada has committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 to fight climate change. At the upcoming COP26 climate summit, hitting net zero globally by 2050 is a key goal.
Planned fossil fuel output shatters 1.5 degrees Celsius climate target: UN
The world's nations are currently planning to produce more than double the amount of coal, oil and gas consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the United Nations said on Wednesday (Oct 20).
Fossil fuel production must be cut in half to control global warming: study
Plans for fossil fuel production around the world are twice the level necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a report released Wednesday.
Why fossil fuel subsidies are so hard to kill
Fossil-fuel subsidies are one of the biggest financial barriers hampering the world's shift to renewable energy sources. Each year, governments around the world pour around half a trillion dollars into artificially lowering the price of fossil fuels — more than triple what renewables receive. This is despite repeated pledges by politicians to end this kind of support, including statements from the G7 and G20 groups of nations.