Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Press Releases

Industry Showcases Climate-Friendly Alternatives to Super-Greenhouse HFCs

July 21, 2012

More than 400 representatives from industry, government and civil society gathered this weekend in Bangkok to highlight the wide range of existing and rapidly emerging climate-friendly alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super greenhouse gases… read more


Biomass Burning Really Heats Things Up: New Study Shows Significance of Fire’s Brown Carbon for Global Warming

July 5, 2012

Emissions from forest fires and other biomass burning has a greater impact on global warming than previously understood, according to a new study. read more


Universal Support in Rio for Phase-Down of HFCs for Climate Protection

June 22, 2012

While Rio+20 was disappointing on many fronts, the efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants moved forward with the final declaration, The Future We Want, supporting the phase down of factory-made super-greenhouse gases HFCs. read more


President Obama, Other G8 Leaders Commit to Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants; G8 joins new Climate and Clean Air Coalition with UNEP and World Bank

May 21, 2012

President Obama announced Saturday at the conclusion of the G8 Summit at Camp David, Maryland that the G8 leaders have committed to cutting short-lived climate pollutants to mitigate near-term climate change, save lives, and improve crop yields, and have joined… read more


Pacific Island Strategy Targets Fastest Growing Greenhouse Gas

May 14, 2012

With prospects for a comprehensive climate treaty now delayed until 2020, the Federated States of Micronesia is calling on the 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol to strengthen climate protection under that treaty by phasing down the production and use of the super-greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). read more


Major Environmental Treaty Tackles Black Carbon as Climate Pollutant

May 10, 2012

Black carbon, the second most potent climate pollutant, has been targeted by the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), making it the first international treaty to act on the critical link between climate change and air pollution. read more


Environmental organizations call on EPA to eliminate super greenhouse gases from household and small commercial refrigeration

May 1, 2012

This past Friday, the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in a petition… read more


Key Allies Join Second Front in Climate War

April 24, 2012

The second front in the war against climate change just got major reinforcements in the effort to reduce black carbon (soot), methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), collectively known as short-lived climate pollutants… read more


Black carbon ranked number two climate pollutant by US EPA

March 30, 2012

The US Environmental Protection Agency concluded in a report to Congress released today that targeted strategies to reduce black carbon “can be expected to provide climate benefits within the next several decades,” based on black carbon’s strong warming potential and its short atmospheric lifetime of days to weeks. read more


Reducing Production of Super Greenhouse Gas Under Montreal Protocol Is Critical Climate Strategy

February 24, 2012

Phasing down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty is one of the most effective climate protection strategies available to the world today: it could… read more


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