The science is clear—our climate is changing, and this change is caused by human activity.
There are two main responses to climate change: adaptation and mitigation.
Mitigation involves efforts to lessen the flow and concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by reducing emissions and capturing and sequestering carbon.
Adaptation involves efforts to help people adjust to the impacts that are already being observed or that are anticipated in future. Adaptation can take different forms: everything from building sea walls to guard against rising water levels to behaviour changes like using less water or planting crops that are drought- or flood-resistant.
Tackling climate change requires a global response. We know that when the world takes action together, we can make profound and lasting impact. By backing major initiatives like fossil fuel subsidy reform and climate adaptation planning, we will use our expertise to:
- Directly support clean and just energy transitions in Canada and large emerging economies through advisory and advocacy work.
- Advocate for fossil fuel subsidy reform through our Global Subsidies Initiative.
- Increase the resilience of developing countries to climate shocks and stresses, including by growing the NAP Global Network.
- Drive action on climate adaptation in Canada, leveraging our global and Prairies-focused expertise.
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.
Saudi-led G20 energy statement backs fossil fuel bailouts
Neglecting to mention climate change or commitments to end fossil fuel subsidies, G20 energy ministers focused on stabilising the oil market.
Canada Can't Afford to Put Climate Adaptation on the Back Burner
Investing in climate adaptation measures is an opportunity to demonstrate foresight, show leadership, protect our economy, and keep Canadians safe.
Part 3 – Social Sustainability: Energy affordability and pricing reform in India
From IISD and CEEW, Part 3 of a three-part commentary series takes a deep dive into how India’s energy sector is coping with the impacts of COVID-19 and what this means for the sustainable energy transition.
Canada’s Long-Term Plan Sets a Course for a Strong, Resilient Recovery
In its Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada charted an important path forward, setting the course for clean economic growth.
Throne Speech’s climate promises draws mixed reviews, with NDP saying it’s a rehash of old pledges
The Liberal government’s anticipated “ambitious green agenda” in its Throne Speech is garnering mixed reviews among environmental and political experts.
Liberals are betting electric vehicles can recharge the economy. But a vision is not a plan
Canada is jumping into the electric vehicle market with both feet, and that sure seems like it will be a great thing for labour, investment and the environment.
Young Canadians eye basic income, climate action in throne speech
Young people are eager for universal basic income and an ambitious green recovery when the Liberal government unveils its reworked COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan.
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