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.
Canada’s First National Adaptation Strategy Is a Milestone Toward Achieving Climate Resilience
Canada reached a major milestone toward a climate-resilient future today with the release of its first National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) for final consultations and an accompanying federal Adaptation Action Plan.
Egypt summit decides to set up a fund for climate catastrophes, no other progress
After resisting it for years, the developed world finally caved in on the issue of loss and damage at the UN climate summit in Egypt, agreeing to the longstanding demand by vulnerable countries to establish a fund to pay for climate disasters that have been brought on by global warming.
Canada, Other Countries Urged to End Fossil Financing, Shift $28B Per Year to Clean Energy
A COP 27 event marked the Glasgow Statement’s one-year anniversary by urging Germany, Italy, Canada, and the United States to live up to climate promises that could shift US$28 billion per year from fossil fuels to clean energy.
If oil and gas companies aren't cutting emissions at peak profits, when will they get in the game?
Canadian oil and gas companies were in Egypt last week for the global climate summit COP27 — among some 636 fossil fuel lobbyists — to position themselves as leaders in industry emissions reductions at an event hosted by the Canadian government.
Germany bets on global green hydrogen economy
German development minister Svenja Schulze has announced that Germany will contribute €550 million ($572 million) towards a new global green hydrogen economy. Over time, the funding will rise to €2.5 billion as more money is provided by Germany's KfW Development Bank, according to Stefan Wenzel, state secretary in Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.
Sustainable Asset Valuation of Land Restoration in Sodo District, Southern Ethiopia
This report presents a SAVi assessment that quantifies the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of assisted natural regeneration in Ethiopia.
COP27: Developed countries pushing 'loss and damage' talks in own direction
The organisation tasked with providing independent coverage of COP27 negotiations says it expects 'loss and damage' to dominate talks again this week. For the first time, financing for the damage already wrought on developing nations by climate change is being discussed at the annual UN climate summit. The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Earth Negotiations Bulletin has held a briefing at the halfway mark of the conference.