Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


COP26 Climate Summit: IGSD experts available to comment

October 29, 2021

At COP26 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


China submits new climate plan days before global summit (interview)

October 29, 2021

With COP26 just days away IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the questions “how do you think this new plan from China will be received?”, “are China’s commitments going far enough?” and, “what do you hope realistically will come out of COP6?” read more


Briefing: China Details Plans for Achieving Carbon-Peaking and Carbon-Neutrality Goals

October 25, 2021

On October 22 and 24, 2021, China issued two policy documents detailing its plans for achieving its carbon-peaking and carbon-neutrality goals: (1) the Working Guidance for Carbon Dioxide Peaking and Carbon Neutrality in Full and Faithful Implementation of the New Development Philosophy; and (2) the Action Plan for Achieving Carbon Peaking Before 2030. General information and details relevant to the mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, are provided below for each of the documents. read more


Climate critical: methane (interview)

October 9, 2021

While the world often focuses on carbon dioxide emissions, another far more potent greenhouse gas is attracting far less attention. Methane has 80 times the warming power as CO2. Cutting methane can be one of the fastest fixes for our warming planet. Durwood Zaelke, president of IGSD, joins the BBC to discuss. read more


Glasgow meeting seen as crucial to stopping catastrophic heating (interview)

October 1, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the question “how much further do governments have to go in Glasgow compared to what they signed up in the Paris agreement?”. Zaelke reminds us, “we have to show that we can cut emissions right now, deeply, through 2030. That is the only way we are going to be able to stay in the marathon through 2050… And the first thing we have to do is to cut methane emissions.” read more


Meltdown: The Earth Without Glaciers

September 30, 2021

New book, Meltdown: The Earth Without Glaciers, out now. “Taillant masterfully takes us on a journey through the profound changes our cryosphere is suffering from climate change and how melting glaciers that are vanishing around the world will not only destroy delicate ecosystems…but how they will radically change how we live on Earth in ways not yet imagined. His unique capacity to bring together media, science, politics, and society in understandable prose offers a powerful wake-up call to our deepening climate crisis.” read more


R&D Needed for Removing Methane from the Atmosphere

September 30, 2021

Learning how to remove methane from the atmosphere would complement strategies to mitigate methane emissions from anthropogenic sources. Methane removal technologies would be especially important because around 40% of atmospheric methane originates from natural sources, and because some anthropogenic emissions are difficult to reduce. read more


Are you ready to take action on climate friendly refrigerants?

September 27, 2021

Download our guide to learn how to purchase the best products and avoid obsolete HFC refrigerants that are being phased down under the American Innovation & Manufacturing Act in the U.S. and the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol internationally. Developed by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, in partnership with IGSD, the Guide to Climate Friendly Refrigerant Management and Procurement, 2021 edition, can help select affordable, energy-efficient refrigeration and cooling equipment that uses next-generation refrigerants that are more climate-friendly. read more


Hurricane Ida becomes the fifth most powerful storm to hit US (interview)

September 3, 2021

In the context of flash flooding in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, devastating fires out West in California, and Hurricane Ida ripping through Louisiana, IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the question, aren’t these exactly the kind of scenes that scientists say the world would see more of because of the climate change caused by humans? read more


Is the climate crisis playing a role in extreme weather in the US, Europe and Asia? (interview)

July 22, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the questions Is the climate crisis playing a role in extreme weather? And, with renewed U.S. efforts on climate, are you more optimistic climate targets can be reached or do you think we are out of time? Zaelke remind us “we’re not out of time to save what we can.” read more


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