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.
IISD Annual Report 2022–2023
At IISD, we’ve been working for more than three decades to create a world where people and the planet thrive. As the climate crisis unfolds on our doorsteps and irreversible tipping points loom, our team has been focused more than ever on impact.
Climate adaptation initiatives launched in Binga
The adoption of nature-based solutions for adaptation against climate change is seen as one of the steps to enhancing sustainability and food security. World Wildlife Fund Zimbabwe has come up with a Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas initiative where it is working with Binga and Hwange Rural District Councils, government departments, traditional leaders and local communities to promote natural solutions to strengthening climate resilience and protecting biodiversity.
The Climate Crisis Is Outpacing B.C.'s Ability to Adapt
As heat waves, wildfires, and floods cost the province up to CAD 17 billion per year, it’s time to get serious about addressing loss and damage.
A climate mandate for Manitoba
With the arrival of a fresh government in Manitoba, there is an opportunity for the province to rejuvenate its efforts on climate change. With ministers set to receive their mandates, we ask: what would an ambitious climate plan look like for Manitoba? While the NDP ran on a campaign to improve health care and affordability—and Manitobans replied resoundingly—we must not lose sight of essential investments to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. Our health and wealth are directly linked to our natural environment that is put at risk by the climate crisis.
EU climate divisions give foretaste of fight looming at COP28
A hard-won deal on the European Union's negotiating stance for this year's U.N. climate talks has revealed regional rifts that anticipate global tensions at the COP28 summit. Diplomats from the 27 EU countries spent weeks debating their COP28 position before their climate ministers agreed on Monday to push for deals to phase out CO2-emitting fossil fuels, triple production of renewable energy and halt the building of coal power plants.
Ukraine's green transition to freedom
The green transition is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Ukraine, however, not only has to decarbonize, but must do so amidst a war. Despite it, the country is already rebuilding and discussions about greening the economy are vivid.
A Thriving Future
This brief analyzes Canada's Emissions Reductions Plan and its impacts on poverty and inequality, showing the need for social safeguards in policy.