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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Blog
    Carbon Pricing: Busting four major myths

    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
  • Commentary
    A wish list for an environmentally friendly NAFTA

    A wish list for an environmentally friendly NAFTA

    The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been progressing along a very rocky path, with the U.S., Canada and Mexico all threatening at one point or another to exit the pact. But slow progress is being made toward a new agreement. Read More
  • Blog
    Healthy Lives and Well-being for Everyone: Why SDG 3 matters and how we can achieve it

    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
  • Report
    Towards Gender-Responsive NAP Processes: Progress and Recommendations for the Way Forward

    Towards Gender-Responsive NAP Processes: Progress and Recommendations for the Way Forward

    This report presents an analysis of progress on integrating gender responsive considerations in NAP processes. While there is no single approach to gender inequality and the linkages to climate change adaptation planning, implementation and M&E, countries often face similar challenges. Read More
  • Blog
    Asbestos: How it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed

    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
  • Book
    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    The Big Data for Resilience Storybook explores the links between Big Data and resilience building through the experiences of seven international organizations.  Read More
  • Report
    Progressing national  SDGs implementation: An independent assessment of the voluntary national review reports submitted to  the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017

    Progressing national SDGs implementation: An independent assessment of the voluntary national review reports submitted to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017

    The report identifies ten key pillars that we believe are essential to the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Read More
  • Report
    Les subventions du gouvernement à la consommation et au développement d'hydrocarbures au Québec

    Les subventions du gouvernement à la consommation et au développement d'hydrocarbures au Québec

    De 2011-12 à 2016-17, le gouvernement du Québec a ainsi versé en moyenne 300 millions de dollars par année en allègement à la taxe sur les carburants, des mesures qui vont à l’encontre d’une diminution de la consommation d’hydrocarbures. Read More
  • Report
    Missing the 23 Per Cent Target: Roadblocks to the development of renewable energy in Indonesia

    Missing the 23 Per Cent Target: Roadblocks to the development of renewable energy in Indonesia

    This report seeks to answer the question of why renewable energy deployment, particularly wind and solar, has not taken off in Indonesia. To understand the forces shaping the sector, and what can be done to remedy the situation, IISD conducted interviews with politicians, civil servants, industry representatives, renewable energy developers, civil society organizations, international donors and other stakeholders. A total of 26 interviews took place, revealing the roots of the problem, the broader political economy of the energy sector and some possible ways forward. Read More
  • Blog
    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    This World Water Day, we take a look at Sustainable Development Goal 6 ("ensure access to water and sanitation for all") and explain what it is meant to acheive, and why it matters. Read More