Recent news coverage about IISD
We're at a turning point on climate change. But most countries are still choosing fossil fuels over clean energy, report says
Governments of the world are at a "critical juncture" for shaping the climate's future but are on course to produce too many fossil fuels in the decade ahead, a new report has found.
The chasm between CO2 goals and energy production
Projected and planned levels of global oil, natural gas and coal production are way out of step with the kind of emissions cuts needed to hold global warming significantly in check.
View: With India transitioning towards renewables, it's time for PSUs to catch up
PSUs can't just turn into Public Spending Units that try to buy their way out of this crisis. They must look at the bigger picture, and become Public Sustainability Units.
Shifting trends in global trade
COVID-19 is the latest force for change in global trade. Here, we examine trends fuelled by the pandemic – shorter supply chains, heightened customer and political demands, and deglobalising.
How humanity lost control of plastic pollution
As the price of petroleum fell during the pandemic, it became cheaper to make new plastic than to recycle.
The private sector is driving global decarbonisation efforts
Since 2015, there has been a 22,000% increase in assets committed to fossil fuel divestment. This is an astonishing figure.
Experimental Lakes teams weather season
The team at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area is celebrating a successful, albeit pared down, research season and preparing to continue COVID-19-safe protocols into the winter.
Sustainable development researcher offers advice to young people fighting for the climate
Sustainable development researcher Vanessa Corkal is not afraid to ask the big questions. Could the $830 million a year B.C. subsidizes fossil fuel companies with be better spent? Is Alberta’s decision to double down on its oil investments wise?
How the Biden administration could influence Canada's climate agenda
President-elect Joe Biden's win means a United States that again plans to act on climate science — a huge shift from the past four years under Trump. Experts anticipate far-reaching impacts: to policy, innovation, and pressure on Canada to ‘step up.’
Community connectors among Future 40 finalists work to inspire others
From Girl Guide leaders to activists and organizers to people working to save the environment, Manitobans from all walks of life are pouring their energy into helping our communities.
Trudeau changes tack as Covid-19 surges
Covid-19 case numbers are setting records across Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is imploring the provinces (read: Ontario, Alberta) to do what it takes to get the situation under control.
Canada, Saudi Arabia named ‘worst performers’ in report on fossil fuel funding
Canada and Saudi Arabia are the “worst performers” amongst their respective peers when it comes to the scale of support for oil and gas production, a new report says.
UK must provide real climate leadership
While the UK talks tough, its agencies have continued to plough public funds into fossil fuels, writes Angela Picciariello.
G20 countries still backing fossil fuels through COVID-19 response
The G20 major economies are “moving in the wrong direction” in response to the pandemic by using stimulus spending to support industries and companies that rely heavily on planet-warming fossil fuels.
Why Renewable Energy Must Play a Greater Role in COVID-19 Economic Recovery
Data shows that, out of the USD 11.8 trillion from 17 global fiscal stimulus packages, 30% will flow into sectors that have negative impacts on the environment.
Can the stain of forced and child labour be removed from cotton?
Ensuring that cotton clothing comes from ethical producers is more difficult than it seems.
Fight hunger and malnutrition by rebuilding trust in trade and markets
Global progress tackling malnutrition is going backwards, with poverty and economic downturns jeopardizing prospects for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
Lake Winnipeg ‘aquahacking’ contest to announce winning proposal Tuesday
A nine-month-long competition tasking young people on the prairies with solving environmental problems facing Lake Winnipeg is about to declare a winner.
Silver particles in consumer goods found to harm fish in Ontario lake study
Microscopic silver particles that are added as an antimicrobial agent to athletic clothing, condoms and yoga mats, among other products, have been shown to harm fish and freshwater.