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Tackling climate change requires a rapid shift to low-carbon development.

Rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions must take place in the immediate future if we are to minimize the adverse effects of climate change on our economic, social and natural systems. Achieving this goal requires putting in place practical, progressive low-emission development strategies that promote integrated clean energy solutions and broader sustainable development objectives.

Our experts help policy-makers identify and prioritize options for reducing emissions, such as through developing clean and renewable energy systems. We also support developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for low-carbon development. We do this by developing roadmaps for reform, engaging proactively with policy-makers and the stakeholders they engage with, providing quantitative and qualitative analysis of policy options for energy and carbon mitigation, and identifying means of implementation.

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    Carbon Pricing: Busting four major myths

    Carbon Pricing: Busting four major myths

    We break down four common myths about renewable energy and carbon pricing. Feel free to use these facts next time someone tells you that coal is the future or that carbon pricing is just a hoax invented to increase your taxes.

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  • Book
    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    The Big Data for Resilience Storybook explores the links between Big Data and resilience building through the experiences of seven international organizations. 

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  • Report
    Les subventions du gouvernement à la consommation et au développement d'hydrocarbures au Québec

    Les subventions du gouvernement à la consommation et au développement d'hydrocarbures au Québec

    De 2011-12 à 2016-17, le gouvernement du Québec a ainsi versé en moyenne 300 millions de dollars par année en allègement à la taxe sur les carburants, des mesures qui vont à l’encontre d’une diminution de la consommation d’hydrocarbures.

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  • Blog
    To Phase Out Coal, World Leaders Should Learn from Tobacco Action

    To Phase Out Coal, World Leaders Should Learn from Tobacco Action

    A few countries are set to join the coal phase-out club at the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday, but more levers will be needed to bring major coal users in line.

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  • Blog
    Paris to Paris: Raising climate finance without raising global temperature

    Paris to Paris: Raising climate finance without raising global temperature

    What does climate (and broader sustainability) leadership mean today, as we close out a year of ever-increasing emissions and one of the top three hottest years on record? 

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  • Report
    The Potential for Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Sequestration in Agro-Manitoba

    The Potential for Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Sequestration in Agro-Manitoba

    IISD and the Prairie Climate Centre conducted a high-level quantitative analysis of the sequestration potential of land use practices in Agro-Manitoba that are additional to business as usual. 

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  • Blog
    Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”

    Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”

    Was COP 23 really the 'Caterpillar COP'? Phil Gass and Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun take look back, and remind us that caterpillars are ultimately destined to emerge as butterflies...

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  • Report
    Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Just Transition: Integrating approaches for complementary outcomes

    Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Just Transition: Integrating approaches for complementary outcomes

    This paper goes into detail about the various ways in which FFSR can be consistent with just transition. The scale of current fossil fuel subsidies in the world coupled with the massive financial needs for transition are early indicators of the benefits of approaching FFSR with just transition in mind. 

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  • Book
    From Bali to Marrakech: A decade of international climate negotiations

    From Bali to Marrakech: A decade of international climate negotiations

    This book builds on IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of a decade of climate change negotiations from the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bali, Indonesia in 2017 to Marrakech, Morocco in 2016.

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  • Discussion Paper
    Clean Fuel Standard: Summary of stakeholder written comments on the Discussion Paper

    Clean Fuel Standard: Summary of stakeholder written comments on the Discussion Paper

    The Government of Canada published the Clean Fuel Standard: Discussion Paper to seek stakeholder feedback and received comments from across economic sectors, environmental organizations, academia and the public.  

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