Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


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


Record heatwave hits parts of Canada and US (interview)

July 1, 2021

“The world is getting hotter and is going to stay hotter if we don’t slam on the breaks of warming. The fastest way to do this is by cutting the super climate pollutants, including methane, HFCs & black carbon. Heat is the enemy we need to beat.” – IGSD President Durwood Zaelke read more


IGSD co-authors new book on super climate pollutants

April 29, 2021

Durwood Zaelke, IGSD President, and Stephen O. Andersen, IGSD Director of Research, joined long-term collaborator Alan Miller to present IGSD’s work on short-lived in an accessible book designed for both citizens and policymakers. Resetting Our Future: Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now! describes the ozone treaty’s urgent lessons for speeding climate action and issues a call to action to cut warming by half in the next decade. Additional information, including the Table of Contents, here. read more


Is it possible to limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius? (interview)

April 22, 2021

IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the questions with a definitive “yes,” reminding us it is not only attainable but also more cost-effective than the cost of inaction. Zaelke also comments on U.S. China cooperation on climate and on President Biden’s Earth Day Leaders Climate Summit. read more


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


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