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  • May 29
    Why Social Innovation Is Crucial in Mining

    Why Social Innovation Is Crucial in Mining

    Social innovation has been recognized as crucial for the future of the mining industry. In this blog, we interview Alec Crawford, Senior Researcher at IISD, about his thoughts on social innovation in the sector.

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  • May 29
    IISD Contributes to the Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank

    IISD Contributes to the Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank

    IISD applauds the New Development Bank for setting out a clear target whereby two thirds of its portfolio will advance sustainable infrastructure as well as their strategic focus on clean energy, irrigation and water resource management.

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  • May 22
    Can Sustainability Standards Help Protect the World’s Biodiversity?

    Can Sustainability Standards Help Protect the World’s Biodiversity?

    Voluntary sustainability standards provide an opportunity to reduce agriculture's impact on biodiversity and promote best practices. On World Biodiversity Day, we interview IISD expert Vivek Voora, on on how standards can impact biodiversity. 

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  • May 14
    Food for Thought: Weighing up health and investment in the age of the new pandemic

    Food for Thought: Weighing up health and investment in the age of the new pandemic

    Obesity is increasing in developing countries and trade agreements could help monitor this. Read more to find out how.

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  • May 8
    Could a U.S.–China Trade War Lead to a New Wave of Land Grabs?

    Could a U.S.–China Trade War Lead to a New Wave of Land Grabs?

    A trade war could force China to search for new frontiers to secure its soybean demand and protect its supply chains, leading to another wave of so-called “land grabs.” 

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  • May 4
    The Federal Court of Canada and the End of Investor-state Dispute Settlement in NAFTA?

    The Federal Court of Canada and the End of Investor-state Dispute Settlement in NAFTA?

    A recent Federal Court of Canada decision should spell the end of renegotiations on the investment chapter of NAFTA, and ignite a renegotiation of the investment chapters of other trade agreements.

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  • April 18
    Electric Vehicles vs. Fuel-Efficient Used Cars: Which really drives sustainability?

    Electric Vehicles vs. Fuel-Efficient Used Cars: Which really drives sustainability?

    Debates surrounding the merits of electric vehicles versus fuel-efficient used cars have typically focused on carbon emissions and energy use only—but what of the conflict implications?

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  • April 17
    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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  • April 6
    Healthy Lives and Well-being for Everyone: Why SDG 3 matters and how we can achieve it

    Healthy Lives and Well-being for Everyone: Why SDG 3 matters and how we can achieve it

    Creating a sustainable world—and reaching economic, environmental and social goals—depends on having a thriving and healthy human population. We explore how Sustainable Development Goal 3 plans to achieve that.

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  • April 2
    Asbestos: How it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed

    Asbestos: How it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed

    About 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos at the workplace, resulting in roughly 107,000 occupational exposure deaths annually. In this guest article, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance explores how it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed.

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