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Arctic States Commit to Reduce Black Carbon Soot Up to 33 per cent

May 12, 2017

Arctic Council Ministers from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the United States set for the first time a collective goal to reduce black carbon emissions in the Arctic Region and stressed “the need for global action to reduce both long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants” in the Arctic. read more


New strategy needed to cut the rate of global warming in half by 2042 say top scientists

May 4, 2017

Writing in today’s issue of Science, the scientists – members of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition – say that achieving the ambitious goal of slowing warming by 0.5 degree Celsius over the next quarter of a century is “plausible” and would have “many potential benefits” in tackling poverty, improving health and avoiding damage to crops besides reducing climate change. read more


TIME Magazine Names Montreal Protocol Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Guus Velders Among Most Influential People of 2017

April 20, 2017

TIME Magazine has named Dutch scientist Dr. Guus Velders one of the 100 most influential people for 2017 for research that helped smooth the way to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol to strengthen its role fighting global warming by eliminating warming from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). read more


Momentum Stalls in Marrakech, Despite Plea for Urgent and Ambitious Action

November 19, 2016

We lost a step in Marrakech that we couldn’t afford,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development. read more


US Announces Pro-Economic Growth Strategy for Mid-Century Decarbonization

November 16, 2016

The US Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonisation report released today lays out a “strategy to deeply decarbonise” the economy, by reducing the nation’s emissions of greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050, while boosting growth and jobs. read more


Nations Agree to Kigali Amendment: Largest Near-Term Temperature Reduction from Single Agreement

October 14, 2016

Warming caused by one of the six main greenhouse gases will be taken out of the climate system through the Kigali Amendment agreed in the early morning hours today in Rwanda. The amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out HFCs is the largest temperature reduction ever achieved by a single agreement. read more


Philanthropic Group Launches World’s Largest Energy Efficiency Investment

September 22, 2016

Today Bill Gates and other philanthropic foundations announced fast-start funding to maximize energy efficiency in parallel with an ambitious HFC amendment under the Montreal Protocol. read more


California Governor Signs World’s Toughest Super Pollutant Law

September 19, 2016

Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s—and the world’s— strictest law against powerful short-lived super pollutants – SB 1383 – pushing the state’s near-term climate mitigation efforts one step further. read more


Obama Climate Priority Moves Closer to Cutting HFC Super Pollutants

July 23, 2016

The top climate priority of President Obama to use the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs became much more likely in the early hours of Sunday, when almost all parties converged on a narrower set of options on key issues as they concluded their extraordinary meeting in Vienna. read more


North American Leaders’ Double-Barreled Climate Strategy

June 29, 2016

Today President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau, and President Pena Nieto agreed to an aggressive double-barreled climate strategy, committing to cut both carbon dioxide, by moving to 50% clean energy sources by 2025, and the short-lived super pollutants. read more


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