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  • August 24
    Climate at the Crossroads

    Climate at the Crossroads

    It began and ended with two new cabinets and two new words: climate change.They were added to the title of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in...

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  • August 24
    Lack of competition with new GBP 600 million public procurement deal between the U.K. and Amazon may cost taxpayers

    Lack of competition with new GBP 600 million public procurement deal between the U.K. and Amazon may cost taxpayers

    An online one-stop shop is a great opportunity for sustainable procurement, but the Yorkshire–Amazon example holds some cautionary notes.

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  • August 22
    Best City Lists Keep Data—and People—in the Dark

    Best City Lists Keep Data—and People—in the Dark

    The best city list ranks 140 cities globally, but factors of methodology and cost for data are limiting factors in realizing the full benefit of such an index.

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  • August 16
    #G20takeaction now: Civil society organizations call for G20 governments to end subsidies to fossil fuels

    #G20takeaction now: Civil society organizations call for G20 governments to end subsidies to fossil fuels

    At the C20 Summit (on the G20 agenda), Vibhuti Garg presented on Addressing the Challenges for Global Energy Transition towards Climate Compatible Future.

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  • August 2
    Canada's Trade Troubles Make a Perfect Opportunity

    Canada's Trade Troubles Make a Perfect Opportunity

    NAFTA uncertainty, global shakeups prompt Canadian trade to do the unthinkable: evolve.

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  • July 30
    Tourist Trap: Is tourism's explosive growth hurting countries?

    Tourist Trap: Is tourism's explosive growth hurting countries?

    Countries are learning hard lessons as global tourism has almost doubled between 2000 and 2017. As the growth of global tourism continues to expand, international tourists arriving in developing countries are projected to grow at double the rate of advanced economies.

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  • July 24
    HLPF Recap: The world's report card on global goals

    HLPF Recap: The world's report card on global goals

    Couldn’t travel to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)—or even if you could, couldn’t be in every side event at once? IISD has you covered.

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  • July 17
    How NGOs Can Survive in the Age of Distrust

    How NGOs Can Survive in the Age of Distrust

    For the fourth year in a row, Transparify has given IISD its highest rating for financial disclosure of donors.

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  • July 16
    Voices and Choices: Laudato Si at three years

    Voices and Choices: Laudato Si at three years

    Voices from around the globe recently came together to celebrate and put into action Laudato Si, Pope Francis's call for dialogue on the radical changes needed to repair our earth.

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  • July 10
    ALivE: A new tool for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

    ALivE: A new tool for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

    There’s an urgent need to prepare ecosystems for climate change impacts. Healthy ecosystems are critical for sustaining livelihoods. They also increase our capacity to adapt to climate change.

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