Recent news coverage about IISD
China ’Airpocalypse’ Fight Shrinks Asian Refinery Profits
"During heavy smog days in Beijing, you can smell the mud and coal in the air," IISD’s Chang Han told Bloomberg News. China is experiencing increasing gasoline exports and auto sales, as well as smog levels that surpass WHO safety standards.
One in four Winnipeggers have mood or anxiety disorder: report
The latest Peg Indicator Report released by the United Way and IISD noted that one quarter of Winnipeggers suffers from a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder. The Sun examined the local issue and broader context. Follow Peg on Twitter: @PegIndicators
Reasons for optimism about a transition to a greener economy
"China's progress in making greener its financial markets policy and a new UNEP green inquiry give hope for 2014.” By IISD Senior Fellow Simon Zadek.
Ontario proposal would let scientists resume Experimental Lakes Area work
“The Ontario government is proposing regulations that would allow scientists to legally conduct experiments at a world-renowned outdoor freshwater laboratory…” This reporting quotes Matthew McCandless and notes the government of Ontario’s plan to create regulations that will help IISD potentially operate the Experimental Lakes Area.
Canada’s carbon emissions on the rise
“Opposition blasts delay of oil and gas regs as feds’ latest to UN report projects increasing carbon emissions.” IISD’s Philip Gass helps explain the policy landscape. Subscribers only.
Closure of ELA compelling young scientist to speak out
"Diane Orihel says we need to foster a culture of science advocacy in Canada." Orihel has been one of the strongest proponents of preserving the work of the Experimental Lakes Area. IISD has been in negotiations regarding the facility since 2013.
Preventing disaster capitalism
This commentary challenges notions of private-sector efficiency in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. It references IISD publication Addressing Land Ownership after Natural Disasters in regards to land grabs.
Climate governance evolving to make room for new actors
This article co-authored by IISD President Scott Vaughan explores the evolving landscape of climate change policy innovation both inside and outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process.
The CETA text: Devil’s still in the details
In his second op-ed in a week, Howard Mann wrote a rebuttal to Ailish Campbell, VP of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, who argued that Canada's NAFTA experience shows no need for alarm on CETA. Mann warns of the risks of including a "most-favoured nation" clause in the agreement.
The great biofuels scandal
"Biofuels are inefficient, cause hunger and air pollution, and cost taxpayers billions." Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, cites IISD's 2013 EU biofuels study which found that, "A full 92 per cent of the carbon dioxide "saved" is just emitted elsewhere. For biodiesel alone, the net effect would likely be an increase in emissions.
Ante cambio climático Conagua establece lazos de colaboración con IISD / Faced with climate change Conagua partnerships with IISD (Spanish)
Scott Vaughan and Hans Herrmann travelled to Mexico to meet with the National Water Commission (Conagua) and other organizations to build partnerships in the region.
Lessons From the Past: Securing Land Rights in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
In the wake of the typhoon, reports say land developers are taking land left by residents who fled the storm. IISD's report "Addressing Land Ownership after Natural Disasters" detailed the importance of land to resilience to natural disasters following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
How money calls the shots in CETA
Howard Mann wrote this op-ed after testifying to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade regarding the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. His submission and the article detail his expert analysis and essential view that the draft agreement "will give foreign investors in Canada the most investor-friendly set of corporate rights ever included by Canada in a treaty."
2013 Commuter Friendly Workplace Award Winner
We won an award! "IISD is excited to be honoured by Green Action Centre and be included alongside the great organizations that are past winners. We are extremely proud of the commitment of our employees, who deliver on our goals of sustainable commuting," said IISD Vice-President Janice Gair.
Letter from Beijing: disasters, opportunities and inspiration
IISD Senior Fellow Simon Zadek spent a year in China. He reflects on his experience and developing issues such as political economy, pollution, corporate social responsibility and the green agenda.
7 ways Thomas Mulcair aims to change Canada’s energy landscape
Mulcair, a national party leader, spoke to the Economic Club of Canada about his party's policy positions regarding energy. Maclean's notes that his numbers on Canadian fossil fuel subsidies match those in this IISD report.
Powerless: India's Energy Shortage and Its Impacts
This new book by Sam Tranum examines energy usage and shortages in India, both now and in the future. His research is informed by and cites IISD Global Subsidies Initiative's A Citizens' Guide to Energy Subsidies in India.
Central Africa takes steps to improve agricultural investment
IISD's Matthew McCandless and Carin Smaller presented on sustainable agricultural investment at the Central Africa Seminar in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in November 2013. Read the key related publication: Making Investment Work for Africa: What role for parliamentarians?