Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Webinar: The critical role of methane in addressing the climate emergency

July 7, 2022

Alongside the Global Methane Hub, IGSD hosted The critical role of #methane in addressing the climate emergency, a 2-hour event exploring the latest science and policy options for fast methane mitigation. read more


IGSD and Collaborators Recognized for Climate Work in Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People

May 3, 2022

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke and IGSD media strategist Paul Bledsoe were recognized among Washington DC’s 500 most influential people shaping policy. Durwood and Paul were recognized for their efforts in climate and environment alongside 14 others. read more


Ozone Community Recognized as Critical to Making ‘Great Things Happen’

March 8, 2022

The success of the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has hinged on a combination of factors, among them the purposeful and effective collaboration within the Ozone community, recognized in a new book out today, Partnering: Forge the Deep Connections That Make Great Things Happen  by Jean Oelwang. read more


Burning trees for energy is not a climate solution

February 7, 2022

Burning trees and other forest biomass for energy is contrary to climate mitigation, biodiversity protection, and environmental justice goals. Governments must stop promoting climate-damaging forest bioenergy and instead invest in strategies to decrease energy demand, deploy low-emissions energy like solar and wind, and protect forests. These are the conclusions of a new article published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. read more


EU proposes labelling some gas, nuclear investments as ‘green’ (interview)

February 4, 2022

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the question, “can either of these, natural gas or nuclear, ever be considered ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’?” and “is it soon going to be too late for the climate?” read more


Why the Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami is a sign of the fragility of the environment (interview)

January 19, 2022

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke comments on the Tonga volcanic eruption and answers the question, “are we being brainwashed into believing the climate crisis isn’t as serious as people like you keep telling us it is?” read more


Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law – Ozone Layer, International Protection

December 20, 2021

The Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law’s updated Ozone Layer, International Protection (2021) entry, by IGSD’s Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, Durwood Zaelke, Kristen N Taddonio, Richard Ferris, and Dr. Nancy J. Sherman, details the ins and outs of what is widely considered the world’s most successful environmental treaty, the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The entry provides detailed analysis of the Protocol’s objectives, chemicals covered, adjustments and amendments, assessment panels, and many other aspects. The entry is available for open access. read more


WMO Says Arctic Is Among Fastest Warming Regions on the Planet (interview)

December 17, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke comments on NOAA’s annual Arctic Report Card. He answers the questions, “Why is the Arctic so important to our climate? Why is the climate changing there faster than anywhere else on Earth?” “And can the Arctic be saved or is it too late?” read more


Linking extreme weather and a warming world (interview)

December 15, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke comments on climate attribution science and the cost of extreme weather events. He answers the question, “do you believe the US has the President that it needs to fight and take the actions necessary to mitigate the very worst effects of the climate crisis?” read more


Revised deal agreed at COP26 (interview)

November 13, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke shares his take on where he stands on the outcomes of COP26? Openly weeping or clapping at the end? “We see this as a glass half full.” read more


1 2 3 11