Sharp opinion and analysis on issues that are critical to sustainable development.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More