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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Interactive
    Cooking with Gas in India: Tracking the latest developments in LPG subsidies

    Cooking with Gas in India: Tracking the latest developments in LPG subsidies

    An in-depth look at recent developments in India's subsidies for household cooking gas. Read More
  • Blog
    Citizen Science Fills Critical Gap in Monitoring Freshwater Resources

    Citizen Science Fills Critical Gap in Monitoring Freshwater Resources

    Most of us lack baseline data about our ecosystems, which makes it difficult to recognize changes and detect early warning signs. Enter citizen science. Read More
  • Report
    From Canada’s Lakes to the World: IISD Experimental Lakes Area Annual Report 2017-2018

    From Canada’s Lakes to the World: IISD Experimental Lakes Area Annual Report 2017-2018

    In this year's IISD-ELA annual report, we explore the impact that our research has had on the world’s fresh water over the last 50 years, what the future holds, and how we are celebrating our half century. Read More
  • Blog
    Not a Case of Either/Or: How government and mines in Zambia can save money through energy efficiency

    Not a Case of Either/Or: How government and mines in Zambia can save money through energy efficiency

    For years, Zambia’s large hydroelectric dams were able to meet the power needs of its mines, but facing rising electricity demands the country opted to increase generation using coal, diesel and heavy fuel oil. Read More
  • Blog
    What Do Bears and Smartphones Have in Common?

    What Do Bears and Smartphones Have in Common?

    The challenge that electronics hibernation poses to the circular economy. Read More
  • Blog
    Forget GDP – for the 21st Century We Need a Modern Growth Measure

    Forget GDP – for the 21st Century We Need a Modern Growth Measure

    Our radar to track progress is far from satisfactory. Read More
  • Blog
    Making Winnipeg a Smart City With New Technologies

    Making Winnipeg a Smart City With New Technologies

    We asked four members of our Winnipeg team how they would tackle some of Winnipeg’s most pressing issues: This is what they came up with. Read More
  • Commentary
    Reply to Public Consultation on Canada's International Investment Agreements (FIPAs)

    Reply to Public Consultation on Canada's International Investment Agreements (FIPAs)

    The Canadian government launched a public consultation on Canada’s foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs) on August 14, 2018. This commentary outlines IISD's reply. Read More
  • Blog
    Biodiversity Conservation: Are we content to fight a rear-guard action?

    Biodiversity Conservation: Are we content to fight a rear-guard action?

    We have to devote ourselves to working out how nature might be placed at the heart of development to enhance social justice and biodiversity conservation. Read More
  • Blog
    Five Ways Blockchain Technology Can be Used for Resilience

    Five Ways Blockchain Technology Can be Used for Resilience

    Disruptive technology has vast applications toward increasing the resilience of individuals, communities and ecosystems. Here are five encouraging examples. Read More