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  • June 4
    COVID-19 Has Changed Our Freshwater Use. We Need To Be Careful

    COVID-19 Has Changed Our Freshwater Use. We Need To Be Careful

    In an opinion piece for the Ottawa Citizen, executive director of IISD Experimental Lakes Area, Matt McCandless, argues that in Canada we often take fresh water for granted, but that as responsible citizens there are critical steps we need to take to safeguard its health as water usage patterns change. 

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  • June 2
    In Ensuring a Resilient Recovery, Will Canada Lead, Follow, or Be Left Behind?

    In Ensuring a Resilient Recovery, Will Canada Lead, Follow, or Be Left Behind?

    Canada must do more to fund a resilient recovery. IISD’s research into stimulus packages in Europe and Asia shows four areas of opportunity.

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  • May 27
    Financing COVID-19 Stimulus: Will high levels of public debt come back to haunt us?

    Financing COVID-19 Stimulus: Will high levels of public debt come back to haunt us?

    The majority of COVID-related stimulus financing comes from government borrowing. Can this debt be paid back? Is it even meant to be?

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  • May 25
    As COVID-19 Continues, Governments Must Shield Emergency Measures From Investor-State Arbitration

    As COVID-19 Continues, Governments Must Shield Emergency Measures From Investor-State Arbitration

    Governments need to be able to issue COVID-19 support packages without worrying about the possibility of facing a wave of arbitration.

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  • May 20
    How Can We Support Fisheries During the Pandemic?

    How Can We Support Fisheries During the Pandemic?

    We must aim to support businesses, incomes, and food security while creating a more sustainable future for fisheries.

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  • May 14
    Remembering Sylvia Ostry, a Pioneering Winnipegger

    Remembering Sylvia Ostry, a Pioneering Winnipegger

    The proud Canadian saw in IISD an organization prepared to take risks in pursuit of its mission, defy the status quo, and challenge accepted wisdom.

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  • May 13
    Can Palm Oil Be More Sustainable?

    Can Palm Oil Be More Sustainable?

    Palm oil has become synonymous with deforestation and biodiversity loss. It's also the most consumed edible oil in the world. Can we make it sustainable?

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  • May 12
    How Can a Six-Digit Trade Code Help the Environment?

    How Can a Six-Digit Trade Code Help the Environment?

    Every single thing that gets shipped from one country to another has a special trade code assigned to it. How can this help the environment?

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  • May 11
    After the Oil Crash, We Need a Managed Wind-Down of Fossil Fuel Production

    After the Oil Crash, We Need a Managed Wind-Down of Fossil Fuel Production

    To meet climate goals and avoid further market chaos, governments need to plan the decline of coal, oil and gas production, with support for workers.

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  • May 6
    Resilient Recovery: Using climate adaptation plans to build back better

    Resilient Recovery: Using climate adaptation plans to build back better

    Though focused on climate change, National Adaptation Plans offer important assessments of the risks a country faces and can be valuable in devising comprehensive pandemic response strategies.

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