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.
200+ CSOs Call on World Leaders to End Public Finance for Fossil Fuels in 2021
Ahead of the UN High Level Dialogue on Energy, over 200 CSOs have released a statement urging world leaders to end international public finance for fossil fuels.
Statement: 2021 Must Mark the End of International Support to Coal, Oil, and Gas
Ahead of the UN High Level Dialogue on Energy, over 200 organizations have released a statement urging world leaders to end international public finance for fossil fuels.
Foreign policy will hurt Canada's oil and gas sector more than anything: Economist
The Liberals take a minority government and with that comes stricter cuts to the oil and gas industry to meet a net-zero goal by 2050. Aaron Cosbey, economist at the International Institute for Sustainable Development joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the future of climate policy in Canada.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canada's National Adaptation Strategy: Why it matters and what it means
How can the diversity of identities and experiences of Canadians be reflected in a national strategy on climate adaptation?
Jagmeet Singh calls Liberals' climate record 'abject failure' in home stretch
As the Canadian federal election campaign nears its end, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is fighting off criticism from progressive environmentalists by trying to shift the focus back to Justin Trudeau's climate record.
America's Infrastructure Crisis Is Growing Increasingly Dire
Despite promises of improved infrastructure and better disaster preparedness, governments and energy giants are failing to provide backup energy provisions to areas hit hard by extreme weather conditions again and again.
Fossil fuel subsidies are one of Canada's biggest climate conundrums: where do the parties stand?
In 2009, when Canada and other G20 nations first pledged to tackle fossil fuel subsidies, a collective promise was made to do away with 'inefficient' subsidies. But the term inefficient has never been defined, giving governments and political parties during this election a significant amount of wiggle room.
Progress and Challenges in Achieving Vertical Integration in Adaptation Processes
The quality and effectiveness of a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process largely depends on the extent to which it represents the realities of climate change at local levels and supports their adaptation efforts. The objective of this briefing note is to reflect on the experiences of several countries with vertical integration.