IISD is a driving force in tackling the world’s greatest challenge—climate change.
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.
Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative
A new initiative aims to support nature-based climate action that protects livelihoods and biodiversity in the most vulnerable parts of the world.
IISD is focused on supporting the World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies.
Urgent Action Is Needed to Better Reward Tea Farmers for Using Sustainable Practices
There are 13 million people propping up the global tea industry. Two thirds of those people are smallholder farmers in developing countries, many of whom live in poverty. New research from the International Institute for Sustainable Development unearths the latest consumption and production trends in the sector and explores why so many tea farmers are struggling to make a living.
Global Market Report: Tea prices and sustainability
This report explores recent market trends in the tea sector and explains why we need to get better at recognizing the social and environmental costs of tea production.
Ottawa supports Big Oil over the climate
One can only imagine the positive buzz these days inside the boardrooms of Canada's oil companies, as they rake in record profits and plan major expansions of their oil production. Amid all the good cheer, one could easily lose sight of the fact that those plans will push the world dangerously closer to the brink of irreversible climate chaos. Even as the world finally signed a commitment at UN climate talks last month to begin transitioning away from fossil fuels, Canada's major oil companies are poised to do exactly the opposite — to greatly expand their fossil fuel production.
The problem with every country's promise to phase out fossil fuels
Last week, world leaders celebrated a climate first: a call by nearly 200 countries to "transition away" from fossil fuels. Many heralded the agreement as a new phase in climate talks and the beginning of the end of fossil fuels. But beneath the U.N. agreement lies a darker truth: No fossil fuel company or country has a real plan for phasing out fossil fuels. On the contrary, almost all expect to continue extracting coal, oil and gas far into the future — far beyond what is needed to cut emissions in line with climate goals of keeping global warming to 1.5 C, or even 2 C. And part of the reason is that almost every country and company sees itself in a unique position: as the future last producer of fossil fuels.
What's Next After COP 28: Food systems
Slated to be a game changer for food systems transformation, COP 28 ended with mixed results. Our expert unpacks the wins and disappointments for food systems and what’s needed next.
Peace, Conflict, and National Adaptation Plan Processes
How can we do more to consider peace and conflict dynamics in climate change adaptation? Read our new guidance note to effectively initiate NAP processes while navigating conflict dynamics.
Countries risk 'paying polluters' billions to regulate for climate: UN expert
An "explosion" of multibillion-dollar claims by fossil fuel and extractive firms through shadowy investment tribunals is blocking action on climate and nature, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Environment has warned, with developing nations increasingly targeted.