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European Parliament urges fast cuts in black carbon and ground-level ozone to reduce threats from dangerous glacial dams in Himalayas

October 10, 2011

Fast cuts in black carbon are needed to reduce threats from hundreds of dangerous glacial dams in the Himalayan Hindu Kush and the devastating flash floods caused when these dams burst, according to the European Parliament. read more


UN Secretary General urges countries to leapfrog HFCs to protect climate

September 16, 2011

Countries and companies should leapfrog HFCs to protect the climate, according to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement issued today on International Ozone Day. HFCs are super greenhouse gases 2,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide at warming the climate. read more


European Parliament Calls for Fast Action to Cut Non-CO2 Climate Forcers Part of Comprehensive Climate Strategy

September 14, 2011

The European Parliament is calling for fast action to reduce non-CO2 climate forcers including black carbon soot, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane, and ground-level ozone, which together are responsible for nearly half of climate forcing. read more


Island Nation’s Climate Strategy Advances at Montreal Protocol Meeting Goal Is Protecting Most Vulnerable Countries

August 8, 2011

Proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol received support from a diverse group of developing and developed countries this week at the treaty‟s annual Open Ended Working Group meeting. read more


Accelerating Impacts from Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Threaten Human Rights

July 13, 2011

Climate pollutant emissions violate human rights and require rapid reductions to protect the world’s most vulnerable people, according to a joint submission to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights by the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) in Argentina… read more


Black Carbon Emissions are 3-5 Times More Damaging Than Previously Thought

June 14, 2011

Black carbon soot is a potent climate pollutant that is causing up to half the warming in the Arctic region, and also much of the warming in the Himalayan- Tibetan Plateau, two super critical ecosystems that are warming two to three times faster than the global average. read more


New Climate Report “Sounds Alarm” for Fast Action in US

May 14, 2011

Global climate change is real and the danger it poses to the US and the world demands aggressive national policies to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report published on May 12 by The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. read more


Vulnerable Island Nation Calls for Fast Climate Cuts under Ozone Treaty

May 11, 2011

Facing sea level rise of up to 5 feet by the end of the century, the low-lying vulnerable island nation of Micronesia is calling on the Parties to the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty to capture the single biggest… read more


Dramatic Sea Level Rise Expected From Faster Melting of Arctic Snow and Ice

May 6, 2011

Sea levels could rise up to 5 feet by the end of this century, driven by warming in the Arctic and the resulting melt of snow and ice, according to a new study by the International Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). read more


BBC World Highlights Ozone Treaty’s Potential to Help or Hurt Climate System

May 6, 2011

Beginning tomorrow, May 7, BBC World will air a documentary highlighting the potential of the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty to fight climate change. read more


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