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Nations Closing in on Control of Super Greenhouse Gas

July 24, 2015

As midnight approached, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol took the unusual step of suspending, rather than adjourning, their Working Group meeting, to ensure they would be able to finalize terms for negotiating the final agreement to phasedown the refrigerants known as HFCs, before treaty’s annual meeting in Dubai 1 to 5 November. read more


Improving Air Conditioner Efficiency Could Avoid Up To 100 Billion Tonnes of CO2

July 20, 2015

Improving the energy efficiency of room air conditioners to the level of efficient units already on the market can provide climate mitigation up to 100 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2050, a substantial part of the mitigation needed to keep the planet from warming more than 2°C above pre-Industrial levels. read more


Cutting Soot, HFC Refrigerants, Other Short-Lived Pollutants Provides Political Opportunity

July 9, 2015

Fast cuts to short-lived climate pollutants will provide both short-term climate mitigation as well as the political confidence necessary for a broader international climate deal in Paris in December, according to a Nature Climate Change commentary to be published 13 July. read more


New Climate Economy Report Calls for Phase Down of HFCs Under Montreal Protocol

July 7, 2015

Phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol is one of the top ten strategies for keeping the climate from warming less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels while also promoting strong economic growth and development, according to the New Climate Economy report released today. read more


EPA Finalizes Rule on Safer HFC Alternatives Under SNAP Program

July 2, 2015

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took strong action today to ban and otherwise restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration, air conditioning, and foam and aerosol products. read more


U.S. and Brazil Agree to Phase Down HFCs under Montreal Protocol

June 30, 2015

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and President Barack Obama agreed today to work together to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. read more


U.S. Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Will Save Tens of Thousands of Lives, Hundreds of Billions of Dollars

June 23, 2015

The U.S. must curb greenhouse gas emissions, including short-lived climate pollutants, in order to avoid “serious physical and economic risks of unmitigated climate change,” according to a report released today by the White House and the EPA. read more


Pope Calls for Fast Action on Climate Change to Aid Poor and Vulnerable

June 18, 2015

The Pope’s efforts to protect climate and the environment, especially for the world’s most poor and vulnerable peoples, depends on the success of urgent action including reduction of both short-lived climate pollutants and long-lived CO2 emissions. read more


G7 Urges Phase Down of HFCs under Montreal Protocol This Year

June 8, 2015

The Group of Seven leaders agreed today to “continue our efforts to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and call on all Parties to the Montreal Protocol to negotiate an amendment this year to phase down HFCs and on donors to assist developing countries in its implementation.” read more


Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Best for Reducing Near-Term Warming, Impacts

May 28, 2015

New study released by Oxford University today reaffirms that cutting short-lived climate pollutants may “be a more cost-effective way to limit the rate of climate change over the coming decades to ensure that ecosystems, food production and the economy can adapt, which also has a role in avoiding dangerous climate change” in the long-term. read more


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