Recent news coverage about IISD
Can we say ‘no’ to fuel subsidies?
Not a single country in the world prices fossil fuels "fairly". The fossil fuel industry benefits from subsidies worldwide – $11m every minute. Subsidies on oil, gas and coal amounted to $5.9 trillion in 2020, which may go up to $6.4 trillion in 2025, estimates the International Monetary Fund.
Not just another fish tale: is there a difference between ageing and getting old?
Some creatures don’t age in the same way that humans do, implying that getting old does not necessarily lead to declining health. This is according to a new study focused on fish ageing led by an international team of biologists—the findings of which have just been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
Ottawa must work with Indigenous communities to mitigate climate disasters, experts say
First Nations and Indigenous communities in Canada need more support from the federal government to cope with future disasters related to climate change, according to a new report on Canada's disaster resilience.
Expert panel says Canada needs to 'up its game' on climate data to better adapt
A new report suggests Canada is not doing enough to adapt to and prevent the effects of climate change and is lacking the critical data it needs to do so.
B.C.'s costly climate disasters show Canada's insurance gap
The storms that battered British Columbia in November left taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars because few homeowners had overland flood insurance.
Watch the Fine Print, Analysts Advise, as Canada Tackles Public Finance Phaseout for Fossil Fuels
While the Canadian government is working on a plan to phase out public financing to the fossil fuel sector, the high-profile announcement may only result in a change in the way Ottawa supports the industry, not a reduction in the dollars that change hands, according to an analysis last week in the Globe and Mail.
Canada is leaving communities in the dark about the risks and costs of climate disasters
A new report finds the federal government isn’t doing enough to act on or disclose detailed information about the growing hazards of a warming climate, including extreme temperatures, flood, fires, landslides and drought.
Green Tech: Fishing for Dark Data
How do antidepressants affect fish? Can biological remediation improve water health (e.g. intentionally planting cattails in dirty waterways)? How can the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI) innovate freshwater research? These are just a few of the questions researchers at International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) have been tackling over the last few years.
SDG bonds: private funds, public goals
Capital markets have become a driving force in the race towards a sustainable future, and political leaders have taken note. Since entering the market for environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds in 2012, governments at all levels have raised a total of $240bn according to the Climate Bonds Initiative. Now, they have a specialised funding tool dedicated to tackling the Sustainable Development Goals.
Canada has committed to halt financing to the oil and gas industry. To understand what that really means, watch for the fine print
A global movement to permanently separate the oil and gas industry from the public purse appears to be gaining momentum, with an overarching objective of repurposing funds to promote renewable energy.
Fish populations can recover from mercury pollution: study
Fifteen years after first joining a research project studying if fish contaminated by mercury over years could ever recover, Britt Hall is pleased to finally see her work come to completion.
Kazakhstan energy price uprising risks another blow to carbon pricing
Unprecedented protests in Kazakhstan over a gas price hike this week have seen the government quickly roll back energy policy reforms, endangering the development of one of the region’s carbon markets in a further example of the political challenges of the clean energy transition.
Top EHS & Sustainability Social Media Accounts to Follow in 2022
In the fast-paced world of Environment, Health, Safety, & Sustainability (EHS&S) there are always new stories, trends, innovations, and insights which can get overwhelming at times! Social media can be a great resource for EHS&S professionals today.
Private climate investment needs to get intentional about gender and equity — here’s how
The private capital committed by members of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) has the potential to transform climate investments. Yet climate investment decision-makers don’t reflect the diversity we need for a just transition. They are therefore likely to overlook the women outside of their networks driving many solutions.
Prezzi alimentari alle stelle. Le conseguenze sui Paesi in via di sviluppo (in Italian)
I prezzi dei beni alimentari volano, trainando l'inflazione. E le banche centrali dei Paesi emergenti hanno le mani legate.
2021: Year in review
As 2021 comes to a close, we look back on the year that was in stories from across northeast Winnipeg.
Two and three-wheelers drive sale of EVs
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an independent think tank, said in July 2021 that India lagged behind other key markets for Electric Vehicles such as China, Europe, and the United States.
Development economist: U.S., EU might not see eye-to-eye on steel deal
While some in the U.S. view a recent deal with the European Union to resolve tariffs on steel and aluminum as a step toward a so-called “climate club” approach to global decarbonization, the EU likely will not, according to an economist who has been studying policies designed to guard against “carbon leakage.”
Canada Must Leave 83% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground in Latest 1.5°C Scenario
Canada must leave 83% of its fossil fuel reserves and 84% of its tar sands/oil sands in the ground if the world is to have even a 50% chance of holding average global warming to 1.5°C, according to a paper published in the prestigious journal Nature.