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.
Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative
A new initiative aims to support nature-based climate action that protects livelihoods and biodiversity in the most vulnerable parts of the world.
IISD is focused on supporting the World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies.
Coal India, NTPC, Railways can help meet clean energy goals: Report
Three of India's biggest central state-owned enterprises -- Coal India Limited (CIL), NTPC, and Indian Railways -- can help the country reach its climate goals while seizing a share of the clean energy market and mitigating an estimated 22-28 per cent cash flow gap by 2050 as India gears itself towards net-zero, a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) said on Tuesday.
Can Coal India, NTPC and Indian Railways help India reach its climate goal?
Coal India, NTPC, and Railways can help our nation to meet clean energy goals as per the report of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Newly Released Text for Modernized Energy Charter Treaty Shows Too Many Potential Obstacles for Climate Action
The text of the agreement in principle to modernize the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) leaves unanswered too many crucial questions about the possibility of further fossil fuel carveouts and the exact timing of its entry into force—key factors that will determine its climate impact.
Faute de preuve : La nouvelle Stratégie nationale d'adaptation du Canada doit protéger les Canadiens des effets des changements climatiques
La Stratégie nationale d'adaptation du Canada devrait être finalisée au cours des prochaines semaines et dévoilée avant la conférence internationale sur les changements climatiques COP 27. Bien qu'elle promette d'être un grand pas en avant dans la protection des Canadiens contre les répercussions croissantes des changements climatiques, sans objectifs à court terme ni mesures pour nous préparer contre l'intensification des inondations, des feux incontrôlés et de la canicule à laquelle nous sommes déjà confrontés, ce sera trop peu, trop tard.
India's State-Owned Energy Enterprises, 2020-2050
This study shows how India’s public sector undertakings (PSUs) can identify diversification strategies to prepare for a net-zero future.
Mud slinging in South Africa over energy choices
South Africa needs new power generation, but just how additional supply should be delivered is a matter of much – and increasingly heated – debate.
RICHARD HALSEY: Just transition finance proposal needs better transparency
The Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) could be a great opportunity for SA. The $8.5bn international commitment — announced in November 2021 to help support the country’s just energy transition — could contribute to tackling some of its most pressing energy, social and environmental challenges. It could position the country as a leader in this new type of international support and set an example for other countries.
Gas: The lesser of two evils or a viable option?
Gas, a controversial energy source, is widely regarded as a way for African countries to wean themselves off coal and reduce emissions. It’s known as a transition fuel but what does this mean? According to Cem Gürsan, a PhD candidate at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University, in the Netherlands, a transition fuel is a low-carbon fuel (such as natural gas) which is substituted for a higher-content fossil fuel (coal and oil) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Natural gas is considered as a transition fuel – a temporary solution to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while more sustainable technologies mature. However, there is a major divide where many are opposed to gas but others are serious proponents of its use.