Recent news coverage about IISD
Existing oil, gas and coal extraction sites need to be closed down to stay within 1.5 C, findings show
Ceasing new oil, gas, and coal development is not enough—already built extraction facilities must be prematurely decommissioned—warns a new study released today in Environmental Research Letters.
"El caos climático está asegurado si el petróleo y el gas siguen adelante" (in Spanish)
La principal autoridad energética del mundo ha advertido de los graves efectos que tendrá la inversión en grandes desarrollos de petróleo y gas. Mantener los proyectos que hay en marcha sería de escasa utilidad tanto en la actual crisis energética como para bajar los precios del combustible, pero significarían acelerar la devastación del planeta. Fatih Birol, el director ejecutivo de la Agencia Internacional de Energía (IEA), considera que los países deben buscar reemplazar el petróleo y el gas rusos en el corto plazo sin dañar sus perspectivas a largo plazo. De lo contrario, "el caos climático está asegurado", señala.
Shut down fossil fuel production sites early to avoid climate chaos, says study
Nearly half of existing fossil fuel production sites need to be shut down early if global heating is to be limited to 1.5C, the internationally agreed goal for avoiding climate catastrophe, according to a new scientific study.
Tired of Tossing Brown Bananas? Scientists Just Got One Step Closer to Slowing Down Their Ripening Process
According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, farmers cultivated about 117 million tons of bananas in 2019—but about 50 million tons ended up as waste.
Climate chaos certain if oil and gas mega-projects go ahead, warns IEA chief
The world's leading energy economist has warned against investing in large new oil and gas developments, which would have little impact on the current energy crisis and soaring fuel prices but spell devastation to the planet.
Research with a peel: FSU study on banana browning could help tackle food waste
New research from Florida State University won't only help you nail the timing for your banana bread — it could also help reduce millions of tons of food waste from the widely cultivated fruit.
Energy experts fear India's turn to 'dirty coal' commercially unviable
Heatwaves are sweeping across India, with March recording the hottest in 122 years, resulting in high energy demand touching 207GW in April-end, the worst crisis in over six years. Demand is far exceeding supply resulting in power outages by state DISCOMs.
Energy experts fear India's turn to 'dirty coal' commercially unviable
Amidst the coal crisis where the Centre has invoked an emergency law to operate idle coal import-based utilities, energy transition experts believe the electricity generation for 1.35 billion people based on expensive imported coal for blending is commercially unviable -- both high and inflationary.
Governments' Climate Laws Could Spur $340B In ISDS Claims
As governments consider how and when to enact legislation or mitigation measures meant to address climate change, a study shows there is a pricey cause for concern as fossil fuel companies could bring legal claims worth billions of dollars against them in order to protect their assets.
The fossil fuel industry has a trillion-dollar secret weapon to kneecap climate action
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have brought exceptionally dirty oil south from Canada across the Plains. The project’s owner, Calgary-based TC Energy, saw billions in future profits go up in smoke. So it turned to an arcane but potentially explosive tool to try to recoup the loss, filing a claim under the now-defunct North American Free Trade Agreement. The company is seeking $15 billion.
Investor-state disputes threaten the global green energy transition
To limit global warming to below 1.5°C, governments will have to simultaneously curb demand for fossil fuels and limit supply. However, efforts to limit supply will affect asset holders, particularly in the upstream (exploration and production) and midstream (transportation and storage) portions of the supply chain.
RICHARD HALSEY: Turn off the gas and focus on cleaner, cheaper alternatives
The SA government’s plan to develop a gas-fired power industry brings both economic and climate change mitigation risks. Furthermore, investors in gas projects may need to absorb substantial economic losses, as the risk that fossil fuel assets will fail to make a return on investment is escalating rapidly.
Time for Manitoba to take greater action to fight climate change, expert says
Manitoba is well-positioned to combat climate change — so it's time to stop "sitting on our laurels" and take greater action, according to an international think tank leader.
Undergraduate student aids in study on environmental impact of pipelines
When asked about his interest in participating in an upcoming project in northwestern Ontario’s The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), Dr. Caleb Hasler not only leapt at the opportunity, but saw it as a chance to include an undergraduate student in important research into the environmental impacts of pipeline projects.
Trevor Hancock: B.C. government's LNG infatuation makes it dangerously radical
The Sierra Club B.C. announced in February that it is taking the provincial government to court “for failing to present plans to achieve several key climate targets, as required by its own climate change legislation.”
Rickford reflects on Ontario re-investing in Experimental Lakes Area
The IISD-Experimental Lakes Area just west of Kenora is relishing following a $9.5 million provincial investment made last week. The funds will go towards supporting much-needed vital research and having secure and stable funding to help the ELA become more financially self-sufficient.
How a little-known energy treaty could thwart global climate action
As many publicly traded companies around the world hold their annual general meetings, climate-conscious shareholders are upping pressure on financial giants to slash their investments in coal, oil and gas - fast.
Ontario Invests in Experimental Lakes
"The Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s most important freshwater research facility," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. "The area is a living laboratory for critical research and scientific study that sustains healthy ecosystems for future generations. Our government is proud to invest in facilities such as these so that we can expand understanding of the critical changes in ecology over time, and continue our work building Ontario."
Meet Environment Minister Guilbeault's new team
With the recent release of the federal government’s 2030 emissions reduction plan, plenty of eyes are on Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault and his team, which includes two policy directors, Joanna Dafoe and Michael Brewster.