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.
COP28: Just A Day Left, Yet Latest Draft of Global Stocktake Doesn’t Inspire Hope
There's less than a day left of COP28. But not enough ground has been covered in many aspects; in fact, the current COP could be regression when compared to advances made at previous COPs in some ways, experts said.
IGF Mining Policy Framework
A compendium of best practices for governments to manage the full range of issues in the mining sector.
UN sets out roadmap to combat global hunger amid climate crisis
Reforming the world's food systems will be a key step in limiting global temperature rises, the UN has said, as it set out the first instalment of a roadmap for providing food and farming while staying within 1.5 C.
COP28: OPEC leaks put pressure on Al Jaber to secure a fossil fuel phase-out deal
As COP28 enters its final days, discussions around the inclusion of calls to "phase out" fossil fuels in the conference's final text have reached fever pitch, as a leaked letter from OPEC urged member countries to reject a fossil fuel phase-out. Leaked documents show that OPEC has warned its member countries with the "utmost urgency" to "proactively reject" any text that "targets energy, ie fossil fuels, rather than emissions."
Scientists to COP28: 'We're Clearly in The Danger Zone'
As negotiators at COP28 debate which verbs in the final documents would indicate the correct level of urgency, scientists at the global talks delivered a simple, dire message: Act now, or trigger climate tipping points with serious risks to the lives and livelihoods of billions of people.
'Dire, dismal, awful': Climate adaptation deadlock at half-time threatens COP28 success
The Dubai summit started with attention on funding disaster recovery, but loss and damage could be crowding out mindspace and finance needed to help developing nations better defend against climate risks in the first place.
COP28: Examining challenges and solutions for climate change's impact on nutrition and health
As international leaders and businesses meet up at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), international organizations share their concerns on the interplay between climate change, nutrition and health, highlighting actions to ensure a healthier planet and people. They call for a food system transformation that integrates climate and nutrition actions to ensure global food security.
Rich countries need to pay Global South at least US$209 billion annually to phase out fossil fuels: report
The United States and European Union have to deliver the bulk of the amount, as they have greater capacity and responsibility to do so, says the Civil Society Equity Review, a new study released at the COP28 climate summit.