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.
Energy lawsuits pact seen threatening Paris climate deal
Fear of multi-billion-euro lawsuits from fossil fuel investors is putting the Paris agreement on climate change at risk, one of the deal's architects has warned.
B.C. subsidizes energy drilling on caribou habitat it promised to protect, study says
British Columbia is subsidizing oil and gas well drilling on the same land it has promised to protect for caribou, new research has found.
Why aren't energy PSUs at the forefront of India's energy transition?
As India seeks to transition to clean energy, public sector utilities have an invaluable role to play alongside the private sector.
Romania plans coal power exit by 2032
The Romanian government has confirmed it will shut down all of its coal power plants by 2032, with the lion’s share to go by 2025, as campaigners warn that investors in dozens of Europe’s coal plants enjoy protection under the controversial Energy Charter Treaty.
Five Steps to a Fossil-free COVID Recovery for Every Government to Follow
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments have spent billions of dollars bailing out coal, oil and gas. Here’s how they can pivot to clean energy.
Preparing for extreme weather
How should Canada prepare for the extreme weather events, floods and wildfires related to climate change? On September 23 The Globe and Mail convened a group of climate change experts and adaptation proponents to discuss how cities, communities and industries can become safer and more resilient.
Ottawa mise désormais sur une économie durable (in French)
L'extraction pétrolière et minière a fait sa richesse. Mais le Canada se veut aujourd'hui un acteur écologique de pointe.