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  • December 13
    Belief in Climate Change in the Age of Trump

    Belief in Climate Change in the Age of Trump

    Will more evidence affect climate action, or are we entering a new Dark Age characterized by willful ignorance? Scott Vaughan reflects as COP24 fails to make the necessary progress.

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  • December 12
    Do Voluntary Standards Actually Stop Biodiversity Loss?

    Do Voluntary Standards Actually Stop Biodiversity Loss?

    Protecting our biodiversity is a complex challenge many voluntary sustainability standards are trying to address. We see look at their strengths and weaknesses.

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  • December 12
    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    We are proud to announce the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) recently confirmed IISD as an associate member.

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  • December 11
    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How the ECOWAS Parliamentary Network fosters food security, women’s empowerment and investment in agriculture.

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  • December 7
    We Must Study Marijuana's Impact on the Environment Before It's Too Late

    We Must Study Marijuana's Impact on the Environment Before It's Too Late

    How could marijuana impact freshwater supplies? The focus on human health with Canada’s legalization has highlighted the lack of discussion on the potential environmental effects.

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  • December 3
    Freshwater Lakes’ Pollution Problems Go Beyond Plastics

    Freshwater Lakes’ Pollution Problems Go Beyond Plastics

    Focusing solely on plastic pollution ignores the myriad problems — from algae to pollution — that plague our lakes

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  • November 28
    Contract Farming: Challenges and a new tool for success

    Contract Farming: Challenges and a new tool for success

    IISD and FAO have developed a Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming to help farmers and responsible buyers address the shortcomings of contract farming.

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  • November 27
    Ten Years of G20 Summits: Hopes and failures

    Ten Years of G20 Summits: Hopes and failures

    Does the G20 have anything to offer in a world of conflict and confusion?

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  • November 27
    What's Stalling the G20's Move to Clean Energy?

    What's Stalling the G20's Move to Clean Energy?

    Next year will mark a decade since G20 leaders met in Pittsburgh and promised to identify and eliminate subsidies to fossil fuels. In that time, trillions of dollars in government budgets have been spent to subsidize fossil fuel production and consumption.

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  • November 27
    The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)

    The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)

    While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.

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