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  • February 6
    As Members Debate WTO Reform, What Lies Ahead for 2019?

    As Members Debate WTO Reform, What Lies Ahead for 2019?

    The international trade community is returning to action in what promises to be a jam-packed year that could set the stage for an overhaul of the World Trade Organization.

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  • February 4
    How Will Cannabis Legalization Affect our Fresh Water?

    How Will Cannabis Legalization Affect our Fresh Water?

    The world’s freshwater laboratory is a very busy field station these days—with ongoing studies examining algal blooms, climate change, selenium toxicity, environmental DNA, non-lethal ways to...

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  • January 31
    CEO Transition

    CEO Transition

    Scott Vaughan ends his tenure as President and CEO of IISD, having set the organization up for future success, growth and relevance.

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  • January 30
    Reducing IIA Risks to Climate Change Rules Using Permits

    Reducing IIA Risks to Climate Change Rules Using Permits

    The purchase of Washington Gas holds important developments for permitting foreign investment without hampering the growth of climate change regulations.

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  • January 29
    Trade Can be a Driver of Climate Action

    Trade Can be a Driver of Climate Action

    CETA, the landmark trade agreement between the EU and Canada, holds established best practices for trade-accelerated climate action, Bernice Lee and Scott Vaughan argue as the business, civil society and policy communities gather in Brussels to consider how to merge trade and climate action.

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  • January 28
    Davos, Sustainable Development and an Open Mind

    Davos, Sustainable Development and an Open Mind

    What did a sustainable development professional take away from mingling with the billionaires, world leaders, technocrats and financiers of Davos?

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  • January 23
    Should Farmers Who Follow Sustainable Practices Be Rewarded?

    Should Farmers Who Follow Sustainable Practices Be Rewarded?

    Meeting sustainability standards can have valuable benefits for smallholder farmers, but what happens when the product fails to sell?

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  • January 22
    What Effect Will Automation Have on the Environment?

    What Effect Will Automation Have on the Environment?

    We know automation will change or eliminate jobs, but what impact will it have on energy use, natural resource use and the environment?

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  • January 17
    Success Stories and a Network on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

    Success Stories and a Network on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

    Many countries and private sector leaders shared fossil fuel subsidy reform success stories at the recent United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland.

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  • January 9
    Why Financing Rural Infrastructure Is Crucial to Achieving Food Security

    Why Financing Rural Infrastructure Is Crucial to Achieving Food Security

    Financing infrastructure, including roads, storage and localized energy grids, will help provide food security for the millions of people living in hunger worldwide.

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