Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Durwood Zaelke Awarded Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award

April 12, 2021

Duke University honored Durwood Zaelke, a 1972 graduate of Duke Law School, with its 2020 Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award in an online ceremony. Watch the virtual award ceremony here. read more


Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now! Fireside chat with the authors

March 10, 2021

Join Alan Miller, Durwood Zaelke, and Stephen O. Andersen, climate and ozone action champions, for a fireside chat on their upcoming book Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now!, a call to action and roadmap for the Biden Administration to succeed on climate by going beyond CO2. Andrew Eil, Partner at Climate Finance Advisors, will interview the authors, explore what the book’s findings mean for climate policy, and probe how the financial sector can play its part. read more


Study Finds Gulf Stream in the Atlantic at its Weakest (interview)

March 2, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke explains how a weakened Gulf Stream is an indication of the non-linear feedbacks and tipping points we’re fast approaching. These feedbacks and tipping points are probably the weakest links in the chain of climate protection. read more


Climate Crisis: Scientists Say Rise of Temperatures Cause Melts, Landslides (interview)

February 24, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke explains we must slam on the breaks of climate warming, not just from CO2 but also the short-lived super climate pollutants (HFCs, methane, tropospheric ozone, and black carbon soot’), that can give us the fastest way to slow down the warming. read more


Opinion: We want to cut global warming in half starting on Earth Day

February 18, 2021

By Rep. Scott Peters, Prof. V. Ramanathan & D. Zaelke- Reining in carbon dioxide emissions is critical. But we must act to remove super pollutants today or decarbonization won’t be enough. This should start with a 10-year sprint to cut super pollutants as part of our renewed commitment to the Paris Agreement at the president’s Climate Leaders Summit on Earth Day in April. read more


IGSD, Clean Air Task Force, other NGOs call on President Biden to take fast action to cut super climate pollutants

January 29, 2021

In addition to putting super pollutants on the agenda of President Biden’s 22 April climate summit, the NGO letter urges the Administration “to make mitigation of super pollutants a priority in all of the international consultations and negotiations that will take place this year”, including COP 26 in Glasgow and the Arctic Council ministerial. read more


Only fast action can curb planetary heating in time

January 29, 2021

Curbing CO2 emissions gets most of the attention and getting to net zero emissions by midcentury is essential in the long run to abate climate change. But that’s not enough. To bend the warming curve, we must drastically reduce the less appreciated short-lived “super-pollutants”. read more


Pandemic Relief Bill Mandates HFC Phasedown in Compliance with Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment

January 8, 2021

In a huge win for the environment and American businesses, the Consolidated Appropriations Act that was signed into law on 27 December 2020 phases down potent greenhouse gases HFCs. Reducing HFC refrigerants could avoid up to 0.5°C of future warming. Climate benefits could double with parallel improvements in energy efficiency of cooling equipment. read more


K. Madhava Sarma & K. Ramalakshmi Montreal Protocol Science Champion Award

December 9, 2020

The award is designed to promote science-based investigations to strengthen the Montreal Protocol. Award recipient will receive a US$5,000 research stipend plus sponsorship of air travel and expenses to attend one of the week-long meetings of the Montreal Protocol where the findings of the sponsored work will be presented in a side event. Nomination Deadline: 15 January 2021. read more


As Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry Will Be No Stranger to International Climate Negotiations

November 25, 2020

Two weeks before President Trump was elected President in November 2016, then Secretary of State John Kerry held court in a hotel room in Kigali, Rwanda, to help secure one of the most important and little-known international climate agreements in history. By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News. read more


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