Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Protecting the Ozone Layer, 35th Anniversary Book – Available for Purchase

December 19, 2022

On 31 October 2022, at the 34th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Montreal, the United Nations Environment Program Ozone Secretariat and the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) launched the celebratory Montreal Protocol 35th Anniversary Book Protecting the Ozone Layer. The electronic version (Kindle Edition) of the book has now become available for purchase on Amazon. read more


COP27 Climate Summit: IGSD experts available to comment

October 31, 2022

Climate emissions are accelerating and the 1.5°C guardrail for keeping the climate relatively safe could be crossed within a decade or less. At COP27 governments must commit to speed and scale up climate action to avoid the most warming in the shortest period of time and to protect the most vulnerable people and ecosystems. Their action this November will decide the fate of billions of people, for years to come. IGSD experts are available to comment. read more


New Primer on Cutting Methane: The Best Strategy for Slowing Warming in the Decade to 2030

September 28, 2022

Aggressively cutting methane emissions is the best and fastest opportunity for slowing warming in this decisive decade. IGSD has released a Primer on Cutting Methane to provide decision-makers with clarity on the science of methane mitigation and the actions that are urgently needed. The Primer explores current and emerging mitigation opportunities by sector; national, regional, and international efforts that can inform emergency global action on methane; and financing initiatives to secure support for fast methane reduction. read more


Protecting the Ozone Layer, 35th Anniversary – Book

September 16, 2022

In celebration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the United Nations Environment Program Ozone Secretariat announced the release of a new book celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. The book highlights the Montreal Protocol’s successes and innovation during its first 35 years and inspires new ambition to strengthen the protection of stratospheric ozone as well as the climate before Earth passes dangerous tipping points that could cause irreversible and abrupt climate change. read more


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


Learn from the Master: Environmental Law and Diplomacy

June 8, 2022

8 June 2022 – In his latest book, career lawyer, diplomat, and negotiator Donald Kaniaru released a collection of published and unpublished papers from his career spanning works from the 1970s to the 2020s. The book, Environmental Law and Diplomacy, offers unique insights into the world’s collective struggle to slow environmental destruction while also pursuing equitable and sustainable development for all. 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


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