Recent news coverage about IISD
The World’s Richest Countries Have Given $190 Billion to the Fossil Fuel Industry Since 2020 Alone
The world’s leading economies have made lots of commitments lately about reducing carbon emissions, but their actions tell a different story.
Latin America’s Challenge of Financing Energy Recovery
Hit by the pandemic’s socioeconomic and health impacts, Latin America is facing the challenge of financing an economic recovery based on a sustainable energy sector and a transition to clean sources of energy.
Climate ambition, push for electric vehicles driving down need for oil: report
The expected uptake of electric vehicles and stricter measures world-wide to reduce GHG emissions are the top reasons why a climate-focused research group is calling on governments not to invest any more money in Alberta’s oil sector.
Community science is vital to ensuring Canada has a safe water supply
If Canada is to ensure all Canadians have access to safe drinking water, we must do more than invest in drinking water facilities. We need to understand the deeper threats to the sources of drinking water — threats that may be altered or exacerbated by a changing climate.
IEA: End fossil fuel expansion now for net zero energy emissions by 2050
The International Energy Agency has mapped a path to net zero emissions for the first time – and it involves ending investment in new coal, oil and gas production today.
Fear of climate change rust belt has governments considering carbon border levy
If you thought Canada's domestic carbon tax was controversial, just wait for its new global equivalent now being negotiated behind closed doors, say Canadians who have been following its progress.
Better road infrastructure improves the quality of life of our community
These public spaces gave us a sense of normalcy in the midst of the pandemic—something that crowded cities could only wish for in these challenging times.
Responsible investing: Old concept, modern usage
Responsible investing aligns investments with the investor’s personal values. Although an ancient concept, its need is being felt again in today’s fractured world.
Panama shortchanged in mining contract as copper booms
In those countries where mining is an important activity, the increase in the royalty rate or the percentage of taxes is being considered at all levels and with urgency.
‘We really need to understand this’ ELA to study effects of anti-depressants on fish
Products that residents use each day like plastic products and anti-depressants may be making their way into local waterways, something researchers with the IISD Experimental Lakes Area will be studying this summer.
Can Canada reach its emissions targets while still producing so much oil and gas?
The problem for Canada is that "we are major oil and gas producers in this country — and that is not only a major source of our domestic emissions here, but also in terms of the global climate impact, it has a very, very big footprint."
Researchers study antidepressants and plastics in NW Ontario lakes
KENORA, Ont. — Scientists working in the IISD Experimental Lakes Area want to know how microplastics and antidepressants are affecting aquatic life.
Priorities For Improving Carbon Regulation in Kazakhstan
The Global Climate Leaders’ Summit, held on 22 April 21 at the initiative of US President Joe Biden, clearly demonstrated the readiness of the countries of the world to cooperate in countering the climate threat.
Art And Science Combine In Costa Rica To Depict Climate Change
Funded by the Canadian International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the artists created the works following an exchange with a scholarly foundation that documented the impact of global warming.
Talking trash: SNC has same goals, but a different approach to cleanup
The International Institute for Sustainable Development says the COVID-19 pandemic has Canadians using more single use plastics than ever before.
Certification insulates cotton against market shocks
GENEVA – A new policy brief released by a major global think tank claims that compliance with voluntary sustainability standards can help smallholder cotton farmers to be more resilient to global shocks – such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
How the four main federal parties’ climate plans stack up
Infused throughout the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that Parliament acted constitutionally when it passed the Liberal government’s carbon pricing law is the logic that the provinces are incapable of fully acting on the climate crisis themselves.
Farmers’ group wants cash for ‘climate-friendly’ agriculture in budget
An organization representing more than 20,000 farmers across the country is urging the federal government to follow a key takeaway from a report it recently published on Canada’s shortcomings in agro-environmental policy.
New report says Ottawa spent billions supporting fossil fuel industry in 2020
A report released today by the Canadian environment organization Environmental Defence calculates that the federal government delivered $18 billion in subsidies and other forms of financial support to the country’s fossil fuel industry in 2020.