Recent news coverage about IISD
IISD-ELA youth engagement officer recognized for conservation efforts
Emily Kroft has been named one of the 30 Under 30 Conservation Leaders of 2023 by Corporate Knights magazine, a quarterly publication focused on climate change, responsible investing and green corporate citizenship. Kroft said she has been involved with environmental advocacy since she was "around 13." She said she was viewed as the "kid advocate" throughout her post-secondary years, and is now a water policy and youth engagement officer with the International Institute for Sustainable Development-Experimental Lakes Area, working on the IISD Next program.
COP28 host UAE to extract nearly 40 billion barrels of oil and gas over 70 years
COP28 host the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has plans in place to extract 38 billion barrels of oil and gas between now and 2085–with significant further reserves that could also be extracted in that time. If all oil producing nations followed such a strategy, the world's carbon budget for 1.5 C would be exceeded many times over.
Time is running out to cut fossil fuel production
Every two years, a group of analysts from around the world join together to work through a straightforward calculation. They add up all the planned future production of oil, gas and coal worldwide, add up how much carbon it would emit when burned, and then calculate how far that would push us past the Paris Agreement targets of 1.5 and 2 C of warming. The 2023 version of the Production Gap Report—compiled by five leading research organizations worldwide, including Canada's International Institute for Sustainable Development—is not happy reading. Projections call for more than twice as much fossil fuel production by 2030 as would be consistent with the 1.5 C target, and roughly 70 per cent too much for 2 C of warming.
Global fossil fuel pipeline double the limit for 1.5 C global warming
The world's major fossil fuel producing countries intend to extract 110 per cent more fossil fuels in 2030 than the limit for keeping global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels. Coal, in particular, is 460 per cent over the threshold. Even if compared with a higher 2 C warming scenario–which countries globally have pledged to steer well clear of–planned production will still be almost 70 per cent over budget, according to a report published Wednesday.
Environmentalists release recommendations for next year's budget
Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is set to unveil the government's Fall Economic Statement Nov. 21, but some environmentalists are already looking forward to next year's federal budget. On Thursday, the Green Budget Coalition (GBC), comprised of several environmentally-focused non-profit organizations, released its set of five recommendations for the next budget. According to Laura Cameron, a policy advisor at the International Institute for Sustainable Development who wrote the GBC's sustainable jobs recommendation, the feds need to provide financing to support Bill C-50, the government's proposed sustainable jobs legislation, which is currently making its way through the House.
World will overshoot 2030 coal limit to tame warming by twice over
Notwithstanding the global consensus among countries that fossil fuel emissions must be eliminated, a new report says that the governments plan to produce twice as much fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C, and 69% more than would be consistent with 2°C.
Fossil fuel-producing countries ignore climate warnings and plan to increase coal, oil and gas extraction
Despite climate warnings and the increasingly rapid expansion of renewable energies, fossil fuel-producing countries are still planning to increase the production of coal, oil and natural gas in the coming decades. To such an extent that, if these projections come true, it will be impossible to comply with the Paris Agreement, which establishes that, to avoid the most harmful effects of the climate crisis, the rise in global temperatures must be kept between 1.5 C and 2 C. Currently, global warming is 1.2 C above pre-industrial levels.
Global Fossil Production Set to Blow Through 1.5°C Climate Limit, New Report Warns
The world's 20 biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are set to extract more than enough oil, gas, and coal in 2030 to defeat any hope of holding global warming to a relatively safe 1.5°C, and Canada is projecting the fourth-largest increase in oil production, according to a new analysis released this morning.
Canada, major fossil-fuel producers failing climate targets, jeopardizing transition
Canada and other major fossil-fuel-producing countries are failing to meet targets to keep global warming in check, putting the world's energy transition at risk, a newly released major international report warned Wednesday.
Canada, major fossil-fuel producers failing climate targets, jeopardizing transition
Canada and other major fossil-fuel-producing countries are failing to meet targets to keep global warming in check, a newly released major international report warned Wednesday, putting the world’s energy transition at risk. The 2023 Production Gap report says the countries are planning to produce 110 per cent more fossil fuels in 2030 than is consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels, and 69 per cent more fossil fuels than what’s in line with a 2 C target.
Interest in offshore oil exploration fizzles off Canada's most eastern coast
No companies wanted to pay to search for fossil fuels off Newfoundland and Labrador's coast this year. Each year, companies are invited to offer money to explore areas in the Atlantic Ocean for oil and gas deposits. But last week, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board announced there were no new bids to explore the region in 2023. The lack of interest contrasts sharply with 2022 when over $238 million worth of exploration licences were awarded by the provincial-federal regulator.
Governments plan more fossil fuel production despite climate pledges, report says
Despite frequent and devastating heat waves, droughts, floods and fire, major fossil fuel-producing countries still plan to extract more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than is consistent with the Paris climate accord's goal for limiting global temperature rise, according to a United Nations-backed study released Wednesday.
The world is doubling down on fossil fuels even as global demand peaks
The world's biggest producers of fossil fuels aren't letting go of dirty energy just yet. In fact, most of them plan to keep producing coal, oil, and natural gas for decades to come, despite signs that demand for dirty energy will peak this decade. That's the conclusion of a major United Nations report that analyzes the production plans of 20 major fossil fuel-producing countries ahead of the COP28 climate conference in Abu Dhabi.
Governments set to exceed climate targets with planned fossil fuel production, report warns
Governments worldwide are planning to produce significantly more fossil fuels by 2030 than would align with international climate targets, a report released on Wednesday said. The Production Gap Report, jointly prepared by leading climate research organizations including the Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate Analytics, E3G, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the UN Environment Programme, found that planned fossil fuel production is expected to exceed the limits for a 1.5°C temperature rise by 110% and for a 2°C rise by 69%.
Global fossil fuel production plans far exceed climate targets, UN says
Global fossil fuel production in 2030 is set to be more than double the level deemed consistent with meeting climate goals set under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the United Nations and researchers said on Wednesday. The U.N. Environment Programme's report, assessing the gap in fossil fuel production cuts and what’s needed to meet climate goals, comes ahead of the global COP 28 climate meeting which starts on Nov. 30 in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.
Natural gas is a dying commodity, and Canada needs to stop supporting it
If governments around the world maintain the status quo in terms of energy policies, we’ll see peak global demand for coal, oil and gas before 2030 – and clean technologies will play a much stronger role. That's according to the latest analysis from the International Energy Agency, which recently released its annual World Energy Outlook, or WEO, report. For Canada, the IEA research confirms it's time for governments to heed the signals and end public support to the fossil fuel industry. This includes eliminating subsidies for liquefied natural gas expansion across the country.
Small lakes, big studies: what Ontario's experimental lakes area teaches the world about water
Deep in northwestern Ontario is a collection of 58 small, pristine lakes where, for the past half century, scientists worried about water have gathered to take their laboratory outside. This is the world's largest outdoor experimental freshwater research facility, allowing scientists to develop invaluable long-term data about the effects of pollutants, clean-up processes and climate change on a finite resource.
How Rishi Sunak’s new oil and gas plans will affect energy bills and net zero
The King's Speech is set to include a bill that will allow new licences for oil and gas projects to be awarded annually. Rishi Sunak claims new licences for drilling in the North Sea will improve our energy security, while still allowing Britain to meet its net zero ambitions. But campaigners argue that encouraging new oil and gas exploration sends out a bad message to the world and will contribute to global warming.
How energy transition affects jobs
Concrete analysis of job impacts is needed to inform efforts for a just transition. Now, a study finds that decarbonizing US electricity generation will create jobs, but with uneven distribution among states, industrial sectors and skill needs.
Hackathon encourages collaboration, communication
On Oct. 23, the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Experimental Lakes Area launched its 2023 Hackathon at the University of Winnipeg, an exercise in environmental problem-solving for students and "nerds" of all technical expertise, which runs until Nov. 6. Teams of hackers, working virtually, will attempt to resolve problems related to the geographical scale of research, guideline limitations, and more—but each issue always circles back to improving freshwater lab work and monitoring across the country.