Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


USA Today: Paris deal’s carbon cuts miss critical warming target

April 22, 2016

The Paris climate agreement that nearly 200 nations signed on Friday is important, but it’s not enough. Speed matters in climate protection. Immediate action to cut four “super pollutants” could make the difference between a reasonably safe climate and one that carries staggering human and financial costs. read more


OEWG37 Side Event: Amendment Design Options and Examining Patents for HFC Alternatives in India

April 7, 2016

The side event “Amendment Design Options For Resolving HFC Amendment Concerns & Examining Patents for HFC Alternatives in India” was held on 7 April by IGSD, NRDC and CEEW during the Montreal Protocol Open-ended Working Group (OEWG37). read more


OEWG37 Side Event: The Newest Business Case for an HFC Phasedown

April 4, 2016

“The Newest Business Case for an HFC Phasedown,” held by IGSD and NRDC on 4 April 2016 at OEWG37, outlined the emerging consensus on cost-effective, immediately available, technical alternatives to high-GWP HFCs. The presentation demonstrated the findings of government justification for national regulations, industry support for national and international phasedown of HFCs, US EPA SNAP listing of allowed […] read more


Ações Climáticas Rápidas: Achim Steiner e Christiana Figueres

April 1, 2016

UNFCCC News Room EDITORIAL / 29 de março de 2016 BONN/ NAIROBI – Em dezembro passado, em Paris, os líderes mundiais se reuniram e concordaram em um conjunto de metas e caminhos para a descarbonização da economia global e aumentar a nossa capacidade de adaptação às mudanças climáticas. Essa conquista foi um marco, mas era […] read more


UNFCCC News Room: Fast-Tracking Climate Action

March 24, 2016

The need for urgent, concerted action cannot be emphasized enough. Any delay will cause negative consequences to continue to accumulate. This will not only cause tremendous suffering, especially to the world’s most vulnerable people; it will reverberate for decades to come, making the key goal of keeping the increase in global temperature below 2º Celsius (relative to pre-industrial levels) increasingly costly. read more


Montreal Protocol Amendment Essential to Meeting Paris Climate Commitment

February 1, 2016

According to a new report by the Rhodium Group, implementing an HFC amendment under a “newly reinvigorated Montreal Protocol” will help boost the gap between the US emissions reduction pledge and its trajectory under current policies. read more


Acuerdo en Paris y el futuro de la Tierra

December 12, 2015

Luego de años de negociaciones intensas, por primera vez en la historia los Estados de todo el mundo acuerdan trabajar de manera conjunta para evitar el daño irreversible de nuestra casa común. El acuerdo es sin duda histórico y es crucial en la construcción de un mundo más justo. read more


Climate Agreement in Paris: Champagne Tonight, Hard Work, Fast Mitigation Tomorrow

December 12, 2015

After we drink the Champagne tonight, we need to wake up tomorrow and launch the fastest mitigation available to slow near-term warming, starting with the phase down of hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol next year, which will eliminate warming from one of the six main greenhouse gases. read more


New York Times: As U.S. and Europe Pass the Hat at Climate Talks, China Clings to Developing-Nation Status

December 9, 2015

A crucial issue at the climate negotiations now taking place in Le Bourget, a northeast suburb of Paris, lies in who will foot the bill for $100 billion a year in long-promised assistance for developing countries, starting in 2020. read more


COP21 Update: Climate and Clean Air Coalition Launches 5-Year Plan to Avoid 0.6C Warming by 2050

December 8, 2015

Ministers of the 50 Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) member countries launched a 5-year action plan today to cut short-lived climate pollutants, an effort that can avoid 0.6°C warming globally by 2050. Fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants “is an urgent, effective and pragmatic complement to aggressive mitigation of carbon dioxide and other long-lived greenhouse gases,” read the Paris Communique released at the Paris, COP21 meeting today. read more


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