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) 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.
Soaring power subsidies reflect discom weakness
The precarious state of India’s power distribution companies can be seen in the sharp rise in state government subsidies to such companies over the past few years, even as sales and profitability have dipped.
Why Canada does not have a carbon tax
You might feel differently when you fill up your gas tank or pay your heating bill. But the official position of the Government of Canada is that there is not a federal carbon tax.
Canada’s Climate Ambitions Must Include a Resilient Agricultural Sector
It's encouraging to hear Canada commit to funding climate solutions in agriculture, but we are falling behind our peers in tackling emissions.
How Can Nature Play a Leading Role in Adapting to Climate Change?
Five key takeaways from Canada’s Action on Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation Roundtable Dialogue.
The Pandemic helps focus on Global Sustainability Goals
Scientist Richard Florizone sees “growing calls across the world for a green recovery” from the pandemic. Economic stimulus will have to be sustainable, he says.
Did the Climate Ambition Summit Make Enough Progress?
Technically there was some movement, but a large gap remains between what is promised and what is necessary.
International Best Practices: Estimating tax subsidies for fossil fuels in Canada
This report outlines international best practices in defining and estimating tax subsidies and other types of foregone government revenue.
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Conflict and Peacebuilding
Natural resource management and other environmental factors are linked to violent conflicts in a variety of complex ways.