Recent news coverage about IISD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Video interview on Swiss Financial Television
Ivetta Gerasimchuk sat down for a nine-minute Russian language interview, answering questions on IISD in general, energy pricing, energy consumption, energy efficiency and climate change.
Infrastructure impacted by climate change
This "Construction Corner" article notes that IISD's recent literature summary report exploring climate impacts and risks to key infrastructure is "a paper that owners and managers in the construction industry might want to read as they consider the long-term future of their companies."
Hard numbers present city - warts and all
A report on Peg, a community indicator system for well-being and sustainability, launched by IISD and the United Way of Winnipeg.
‘Social good’ doing more harm than good
Sharmila Ganapathy writes about GSI's Citizen's Guide to Energy Subsidies, providing a Malaysian analysis to IISD's work on transport fuel costs in that country.
Sustainability Through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives
"It is through collaboration often involving the oddest bedfellows, that we vest this generation's hope for addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and environmental insecurity," says IISD Senior Fellow Simon Zadek. Zadek represents IISD on NBS's Leadership Council.
WTO's Bali ministerial meeting holds fate of Doha Round in its hands
IISD associate Robert Wolfe penned this op-ed asking whether the World Trade Organization (WTO) can function as a negotiating forum. The future of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations is at stake.