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.
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A deeper look at fossil fuel subsidies and renewable energy solutions suggests that green stimulus could be India’s most economically viable path to recovery.
Stop using taxpayers' money to fund pollution
In May, The WHO released its “Manifesto for a healthy and green COVID-19 recovery.” It is in many ways an astonishing document, because it speaks briefly and plainly to the many global problems we face.
sNAPshot | Strategic Communications in Peru’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process
This NAP Global Network sNAPshot country brief explores how Peru is using communications to advance their NAP process and climate action more broadly.
Canada's Pandemic Response Sends $16 Billion to Fossils, Just $300 Million to Clean Energy
Canada’s pandemic response to date has sent just C$300 million to clean energy, compared to more than $16 billion to fossil fuels, according to new data released this week by Energy Policy Tracker
Don’t let green recovery become a political hot potato
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Part 2 – How Can India’s Energy Sector Recover Sustainably from COVID-19?
From IISD and CEEW, Part 2 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.
53 Ways to Reform Fossil Fuel Consumer Subsidies and Pricing
We have an opportunity to reform harmful fossil fuel subsidies as part of a green recovery after COVID-19. Our experts explain how.
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