Recent news coverage about IISD
“Lake Winnipeg is not dead”: expert on zebra mussels
"While zebra mussels are a growing concern on Lake Winnipeg and neighboring bodies of water, one local researcher says that doesn’t mean people should throw up their hands and say it’s a lost cause. “Zebra mussels invaded Lake Erie in 1986, they are still there….and the fishery in Lake Erie is doing very well,” Scott Higgins said. “Water quality has some issues in western Lake Erie, partially it’s related to zebra mussels but in large parts it’s not. Many of these are the same problems we face in Lake Winnipeg.”"
The heat is on: Trudeau faces big challenges in climate change fight
"Scott Vaughan, president and CEO of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Canada’s former federal environment commissioner, said the Paris talks are critical because climate science has become so “absolutely clear” in the last few years that it demands countries act now."
Atlas showing future climate change under development
"The Prairie Climate Centre provides stakeholders in Manitoba and across the Prairies with this kind of upto-date and high-quality data depicting the nature of climate changes expected to occur, said Henry (Hank) Venema, director of planning for the centre, which will be housed at the University of Winnipeg’s Richardson College for the Environment."
Winnipeg's drinking water is vulnerable to zebra mussels, experts say
IISD Experimental Lakes Area expert Scott Higgins talks about the potential for a zebra mussels infestation in Shoal Lake, Manitoba.
India provided $103 million per year in national subsidies to oil, gas and coal producers
"Investment by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in fossil fuel production represented a large portion of overall government support, says a research study from IISD."
Subsidized LPG consumption last fiscal grew at the highest pace in a decade: IISD
"India’s consumption of subsidized Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) grew at 18% last financial year, the highest annual growth rate recorded in the past decade, International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) has said. At the same time, consumption of unsubsidized LPG decreased by 19%, the largest decrease recorded in more than ten years."
Manitoba, Ottawa, to talk GHG emissions prior to Paris climate-change conference
"“We’ve done a lot of consultation with the International Institute of Sustainable Development (on the issue). They did broad consultations. So as we go to Paris, we’ll be talking to the federal government about what we want to do together as a country,” said [Greg] Selinger."
A Global Call To End Wasteful Consumption And Production
IISD's Livia Bizikova, along with Peter Denton, discuss the importance of the twelfth Sustainable Development Goal: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Financing Green Infrastructure
Oshani Perera speaks to Laura Penn of Dukascopy, explaining the challenges involved in commissioning and financing green infrastructure.
Nordisk Ministerråd: Drop statsstøtte til fossile brændsler og spar CO2
(Danish-language) "Udledningen af CO2 kan nedbringes med 11 procent, hvis man frem mod 2020 fjerner statsstøtten til fossile brændsler i 20 udvalgte lande. Det konkluderer en ny rapport fra Nordisk Ministerråd."
Climate change lacks 'the immediacy of now' in conflict zones - experts
"Fragile states are the most exposed to climate change impacts, even though they are the less equipped to deal with them, said [Alec] Crawford in a report he recently co-authored. Many fragile countries are already struggling with problems such as weak security, governments and law enforcement, as well as corruption and economic instability."
Water security in Canada poses one of our most daunting public policy challenges
"A national water strategy would send a message to the agricultural sector, First Nations communities, municipalities, energy companies and all those whose lives are touched by water, that not only do we take our water seriously, but that we officially recognize the need to work together to understand and manage this essential resource," says Dimple Roy, director of our Water program.
The New Norm: Why economic, social, environmental priorities should be considered in all public policy
Scott Vaughan and Livia Bizikova explain how the Sustainable Development Goals should be considered in Canadian public policy.
Manitoba government to give $400K to U of W climate change centre
"The Manitoba government will give $400,000 over the next two years to the newly formed Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg...The Prairie Climate Centre is a partnership between The University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Its goal is to provide municipal governments and the private sector with practical information and tools to adapt to a changing climate."
Can the TPP go green?
Scott Vaughan, president and chief executive officer of the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development, described environmental considerations in the TPP as “generally positive” while acknowledge that “nothing is ever perfect.” “The TPP is carving out a special role for (sustainability) standards,” prevalence of which has grown at a rate of 40 per cent annually, he said. “There’s an opportunity here to build upon this trend.”
LPG subsidy transfer: Centre’s savings not more than Rs 143 cr, while it claims Rs 12,700 cr
“Our calculations suggest that the savings from DBTL in the last fiscal year are likely to be large overestimates. It is important that precise savings figures are presented by the government so that an accurate appraisal of DBTL as a policy can be made. This is especially important as DBT is now being considered as a way to deliver kerosene and food subsidies,” said Kieran Clarke, one of the three co-authors of the study, who is based in Geneva.
Climate Data Can be Critical in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States – Here’s How to Get It
""Climate change poses a significant challenge to the transition of fragile states toward peace and stability,” write IISD authors Simon Mason, Andrew Kruczkiewicz, Pietro Ceccato, and Alec Crawford."
Experimental Lakes Area back on track
Chris Marchand takes a look at the new era of IISD Experimental Lakes Area.
Saskatchewan at risk for invasion of zebra mussels, researcher says
""We found that the western provinces, including Saskatchewan, were at very high risk for invasion and that's because the lakes in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta have fairly high calcium levels," Scott Higgins, a research scientist with the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Experimental Lakes Area, said."
"A four-year programme focusing on gender and energy sector research is underway between Spaces for Change and IISD. In an interview with International Innovation, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri and Laura Merrill discuss the pressing need to overcome gender inequalities in access to energy resources."