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.
Three steps Canada can take to reduce health impacts of climate change
The health impacts of climate change are rising globally, according to a new study, but a Canada-specific policy brief lays out three key areas that could be game-changers when it comes to the way climate change affects human health in the country.
COP26: The credibility of governments is on the line
As we noted on Friday, the prospects for COP26, the United Nations climate conference that opens on Oct. 31 in Glasgow, are bleak.
Show us your plan for net zero, experts tell energy regulator
On the heels of a report that predicts a world in which demand for fossil fuel falls, experts and advocates want the Canadian Energy Regulator to model what a net-zero economy would look like in Canada.
Governments must do more to incorporate climate change risks and infrastructure
Greater effort and investment is needed if Canada’s aging infrastructure is to keep pace with accelerating climate change, a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes.
Using nature in infrastructure projects could save USD 248 billion per year—study
New UN-backed Resource Centre launches ahead of COP 26 to build business case for natural solutions to infrastructure challenges.
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.