Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


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


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


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


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


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