Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Science report confirms Montreal Protocol’s past successes, warns of future danger

September 10, 2014

A report to be released today by the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer confirms that the Montreal Protocol… read more


Montreal Protocol Closing in on Powerful Climate Protection

July 18, 2014

The world’s efforts to protect the climate from dangerous fluorinated gases moved forward this week in Paris at the mid-year meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, which concluded today. read more


EPA to Ban HFCs in Cars, Grocery Stores for Fast Climate Mitigation

July 11, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday a proposal to ban the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) where climate-friendly alternatives are available… read more


UNEP Gets Mandate to Combat Air Pollution, Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Timber

June 28, 2014

Wrapping up its week-long deliberations Friday night, the inaugural UN Environment Assembly, attended by high-level delegations from 160 States, strengthened UNEP’s mandate to combat air pollution and illegal trade in wildlife and timber, as well as to address… read more


Bipartisan Team to Introduce Super Pollutants Act to Cut HFCs, Black Carbon, Methane

June 26, 2014

Senators Murphy (D-Connecticut) and Collins (R-Maine) announced today their plans to introduce the Super Pollutants Act of 2014 to cut short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) by… read more


China Announces Aggressive Action to Cut HFCs

May 28, 2014

China announced an aggressive target for reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by the equivalent of 0.28 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2015. read more


Fast HFC Phase-Down Could Avoid 200 Billion Tonnes of CO2–eq by 2050

May 12, 2014

A fast phase-down of factory-made HFCs could avoid the equivalent of as much as 200 billion tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2-eq) by 2050, according to a study published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, by… read more


New National Climate Assessment Cries Out for Fast Climate Mitigation

May 6, 2014

The last decade has been the hottest on record in the U.S., periods of extreme heat now last longer than any living American has ever experienced, rainfall is becoming both more intense and more erratic, and sea-level rise and storm surges threaten thousands of coastal communities. read more


Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Central Strategy in Abu Dhabi Climate Ascent

May 6, 2014

The message was clear coming out of the May 4 & 5 Abu Dhabi Ascent in the to the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in September: time is running out… read more


World On Pace to Hit 4.8ºC by End of Century, Says UN Scientific Panel

April 14, 2014

Global greenhouse gas emissions increased by the equivalent of ten billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) between 2000 and 2010, according to a new report released this week. read more


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