Recent news coverage about IISD
New study on mercury contamination in fish
Fisheries and Oceans Canada research scientist Paul Blanchfield and his team used one of the lakes at northwestern Ontario’s International Institute for Sustainable Development-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) to conduct the study.
India's banks unprepared for climate breaking points
India has always been a land of brutal but predictable weather. Now, the climate crisis is expected to change that, with increasingly erratic heat and water extremes unleashed at unusual times, or even simultaneously. While the country has proved to be a model of disaster preparedness in the past, the rising probability of highly disruptive compound weather events – known as 'black swans' – represents an unprecedented risk to the economy at large. And despite the mounting warnings from experts, India's big banks appear to be turning a blind eye to climate risk.
A gas dilemma for South Africa in the face of runaway climate change
When the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) reports start talking about the increasing risk of "runaway climate change" if the global temperature passes 1.5°C above the pre-industrial norm, it feels like perhaps the minimum threshold of mitigation action the world should be considering has been raised significantly compared to a year ago.
Volta CEO Leaving For VP Role At Sustainability Think Tank
Volta CEO Martha Casey is leaving the innovation hub for a job with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). IISD is a Canadian think tank established in 1990 thanks in part to the efforts of former prime minister Brian Mulroney. The organization’s mission is to “accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resources, and fair economies.” It has about 150 staff and associates working in more than 30 countries.
To Become Sustainable, Finance Must Partner Up With Their Supply Chain Leaders
In most organizations, sustainability has been the purview of the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) team and marketers who tailor brands to environmentally conscious consumers.
Expertos y activistas reclaman acelerar la sustitución de la energía fósil por renovables (in Spanish)
El mundo tiene que abandonar los combustibles fósiles de manera urgente, en lugar de confiar en un clima estable recurriendo a soluciones tecnológicas no suficientemente probadas, como los sistemas para absorber y neutralizar el CO2 del aire. Así lo indican diversos expertos y activistas ante el nuevo informe del Panel Intergubernamental sobre el Cambio Climático (IPCC).
Think-tank warns enthusiasm for gas-to-power industry may cause stranded assets
Investment by the government and private sector in a gas-to-power industry could be a costly mistake that may delay the transition to renewable energy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has warned.
CEO Casey to Leave Volta
Volta CEO Martha Casey will step down this month after almost two years in the role, rejoining former collaborator Richard Florizone at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, or IISD, as Vice-President of Operations and Organizational Transformation.
Time for rethink on SA's natural gas dreams 'mistake' – global report
The International Institute for Sustainable Development cautioned in a new research report that developing just 3,000MW of gas-to-power capacity in South Africa from scratch by 2030 would cost at least R47-billion – money that could ultimately be wasted, as gas is squeezed out of the global market by cheaper, low-carbon alternatives.
SA should only invest in gas-fired power in the next decade – report
South Africa's energy sector should focus on future-proof strategies to end load shedding and curb electricity price hikes as gas is both high risk and will not be necessary in the power sector until at least 2035.
Seabed regulator accused of deciding deep sea's future 'behind closed doors'
The UN-affiliated organisation that oversees deep-sea mining, a controversial new industry, has been accused of failings of transparency after an independent body responsible for reporting on negotiations was kicked out.
New UN climate report to tackle reining in emissions
The U.N. climate science panel publishes its final report in the current assessment cycle on Monday, and this time will focus on ways of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, although the consensual nature of the reports means it could steer away from the most dramatic warnings.
Carbon tax increases 2.2 cents per litre today
IISD Senior Associate Aaron Cosbey explains the latest developments in the Canadian carbon tax, gas prices, and rebates.
Report urges South Africa to push pause on gas-to-power so risks and alternatives can be fully assessed
A new report on the role of gas in South Africa's electricity system argues that it would be a "costly mistake" to pursue large gas-to-power investments in light of a shrinking role for gas in the power sector and improving prospects for greener alternatives.
Rich countries must end 74% of oil and gas production by 2030 – report
Poor countries need more time to end fossil fuel production, argues a report commissioned by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
B.C. commits $282 million to CleanBC Industry Fund investment, applications now open
Companies are getting a $282 million incentive to develop more climate-friendly ways of doing business in B.C.
Energy Specialist Vibhuti Garg on Green Energy | Ritwij's 50th Interview | Net Zero Emissions
IISD Senior Energy Specialist Vibhuti Garg talks about green energy and its future in an exclusive interview with the Editor in Chief of The Prode, Ritwij Shandilya.
Province invests $2.5M to support Manitoba's fisheries
The Manitoba government is investing $2.5 million to establish and implement programs that support the sustainability and certification of Manitoba’s fisheries in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Scott Fielding announced Friday.
Weaning the world off mercury
Delegates from around the world met in Bali this week to tackle the persistent problem of mercury poisoning. The Minamata Convention is meeting for the fourth time since it entered into force in 2017, in its first physical meeting outside of Geneva.