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.
EU enters trade fray with carbon border levy plan
After years of debate, the European Commission has unveiled its proposed carbon border levy. It is bold, complicated, controversial – and its prospects are far from certain.
The National: EU Fit for 55 and What CBAM Means for Canada
Aaron Cosbey speaks with The National about the latest update to the EU's Green Deal and why border carbon adjustments will soon need to be put into place in Canada.
Canadian firm looks for oil in Namibia: Are we ignoring our Paris commitments?
Reconnaissance Energy Africa (Recon), a small-cap Canadian mining company, is exploring for oil and gas in Namibia’s Kavango River Basin. Industry experts say this may be the largest oil play of the decade.
Reforming global fossil fuel subsidies: How the United States can restart international cooperation
Globally, governments spend more than $500 billion on subsidies for fossil fuels that contribute to inefficiency, inequity, and negative externalities.
It will cost as much as $1 trillion to repair Canada's energy infrastructure to handle intense weather
The record heat wave that swept across Western Canada in late June caused hundreds of fatalities and left houses and infrastructure smouldering in ashes.
IISD: Canada, EU should seek negotiated agreement on border carbon adjustment
Canada is preparing to introduce a carbon border adjustment measure whose contours are not yet known.
Mapping India's Energy Subsidies 2021: Time for renewed support to clean energy
This report estimates India's energy subsidies over seven years and analyzes the implications for national clean energy targets.
Canada’s New Nationally Determined Contribution Shows Progress but Misses Key Opportunities
Canada has released a long-awaited update to its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), demonstrating greater climate ambition and representing an important step forward as the nation seeks to meet targets outlined in the Paris Agreement.