The science is clear—our climate is changing, and the change is caused by human activity.
We can still make a difference. But we must act together. When the world takes coordinated action, we know profound and lasting impacts can follow.
IISD is actively involved in the two main responses to climate change: adaptation and mitigation. We partner with countries to help them cope with a changing climate and transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. By backing major initiatives like fossil fuel subsidy reform and climate adaptation planning, we use our expertise to lessen the flow and concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and help people build a more resilient future.
Global Subsidies Initiative
The Global Subsidies Initiative was designed to put the spotlight on subsidies and the corrosive effects they can have on environmental quality, economic development, and governance.
NAP Global Network
The NAP Global Network works with partners in the world’s most vulnerable countries to develop and implement plans to make communities, ecosystems, and economies more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Climate Change Adaptation
As climate risks escalate, we help governments and communities anticipate, cope, and adapt.
Fossil fuel subsidies make little sense in a world shifting to low-carbon sources of energy to tackle climate change.
We work to identify wasteful practices, encourage new thinking, engage civil society, and support policy reform.
Energy Policy Tracker
Providing a detailed, real-world picture of the current state of support for different energy types in recovery packages around the world.
Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative
A new initiative aims to support nature-based climate action that protects livelihoods and biodiversity in the most vulnerable parts of the world.
IISD is focused on supporting the World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies.
On Behalf of My Delegation (Second Edition)
This backpacker’s guide to the world of climate change negotiations sums up key challenges faced by negotiators and ways to overcome these problems.
Statement: CETP signatories must stick to their commitment to fully prioritize international public finance for clean energy
A group of civil society organizations have released a statement calling on signatories to the Clean Energy Transition Partnership to meet their commitment to prioritize support for clean energy.
A Strategic Vision for Enhancing Naturalized Water Retention in Manitoba
Enhancing water retention infrastructure in Manitoba can provide numerous benefits, especially if it is naturalized and is located, designed, and maintained strategically.
Emirates Leaders Declaration at COP 28 an Important Step in Advancing Resilient Food Systems
IISD welcomes the Emirates Leaders Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action announced today at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28).
Climate crisis: The 1.5C threshold explained
In any conversation about climate change, the figure "1.5C" is rarely far from the discussion. But when people talk about "1.5C," what do they really mean? How do we measure it? And where did the figure come from? Is it the right target to be aiming for? And if we overshoot it, will we be able to come back below 1.5C again? Ahead of the climate summit in Dubai, we take a look at some of the questions around this key climate change figure.
Canada's fossil fuel industry is banking on carbon capture to lower emissions. Is it a viable solution?
Fossil fuel companies in Canada have made carbon capture a key part of their pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The idea is to minimize the amount of carbon that ends up in the atmosphere, while continuing to extract more oil and gas. But is that realistic? Here is a closer look at the technology, where it is being used in Canada, and how it could play into the pivotal climate talks that begin Thursday in Dubai.
Assessing National Oil Companies' Transition Plans: An essential tool for banks, investors, and regulators
This brief offers guidance to investors, banks, standard setters, and governments on how national oil companies can enhance their low-carbon transition plans in line with the Paris Agreement.