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Press Releases

President Commits to Continuing Climate Leadership

January 12, 2016

President Obama re-committed tonight in his final State of the Union address to continue his efforts to reduce the threat of climate change, making it a key part of his vision of how to keep American great in the long term. This includes having the United States develop the clean energy needed to replace climate-damaging fossil fuels, according to the President. read more


Countries Agree to Use Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs

November 6, 2015

The countries of the world agreed today to work together in 2016 to use the Montreal Protocol to eliminate the global warming contribution from one of the six main greenhouse gases by phasing down refrigerants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. A long list of details are scheduled to be negotiated during a series of meetings next year during, both at an extraordinary Working Group… read more


Parties Agree to Negotiate Phase Down of Powerful Greenhouse Gas

October 30, 2015

Tonight Parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to launch formal negotiations to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) under the Montreal Protocol. After two days of discussions, Parties agreed on the path forward for the formal negotiations to phase down these super greenhouse gases, now growing at a rate to 10 to 15 percent per year. read more


University of California Commits to Campus Carbon Neutrality in 10 Years

October 27, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano, along with many other legislators, business leaders, and top energy and climate experts committed to UC carbon neutrality in ten years as a beacon for California and the rest of the world to stay below the 2°C guardrail, at the Carbon Neutrality Summit today. read more


Montreal Protocol Best Way to Reduce Super Pollutant HFCs, Says New Climate Economy

October 22, 2015

A new paper from the New Climate Economy recommends that Parties to the Montreal Protocol approve an amendment to phase down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a fast mitigation action that could avoid the equivalent of up to 200 billion tones of carbon dioxide by 2050, and up to 0.5C of warming by the end of the century. By 2030, the HFC amendment could avoid 1.7 Gt CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions per year, more than the current annual emissions of Japan. read more


Administration Accelerates End Game for HFCs

October 15, 2015

Today the White House, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), and dozens of private companies launched the end game for hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases both domestically through the federal procurement and the Clean Air Act, and globally, through the Montreal Protocol. The HFC cuts were announced at a White House roundtable read more


Groups Demand Faster US Phase Out of Super-Greenhouse Gasses

October 6, 2015

In the continuing battle to phase down the super-greenhouse gasses known as HFCs, today environmental groups demanded that the EPA withdraw approval for these chemicals in all application where lower global warming potential (GWP) alternatives are now available. The petition, submitted by IGSD and NRDC, was filed with EPA under the Clean Air Act’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). read more


California Governor Wants Fast Cuts to Short-Lived Pollutants

September 30, 2015

Following Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement last week, today the California Air Resources Board released the details of its ambitious new strategy to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. read more


California Gov. Brown Announces Bold Action on Short-Live Climate Pollutants

September 24, 2015

Governor Brown stated this afternoon that California will announce an aggressive plan next week to cut methane and HFCs by 40 percent and black carbon by 50 percent in the next fifteen years. This bold action was revealed today at read more


White House Calls for Cuts to Key Short-Lived Climate Pollutant

August 18, 2015

The White House announced today federal regulations to reduce 2025 methane emissions from oil and gas production by 40 to 45% from 2012 levels. Methane is a short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) and has the potential to quickly slow near-term climate impacts by reducing the immediate damages of climate change, including sea-level rise and extreme weather conditions. read more


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