IGSD

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

IGSD Primers

Primer on Polar Warming and Implications for Global Climate Change

13 May 2019

Summary

Fast action to cut short-lived climate pollutants can cut Arctic warming quickly, slow feedbacks, and reduce the risk of crossing dangerous climate tipping points. Fast mitigation can also slow the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and the Antarctic ice sheets, and thus slow the rate of sea level rise.

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Primer on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

11 January 2018

Summary

Fast action under the Montreal Protocol can limit growth of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), prevent 100 to 200 billion tonnes of CO2-eq by 2050, and avoid up to 0.5°C of warming by 2100.

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U.S. Climate Action Plan Supplement

January 2014

Summary

President Obama recognized the importance of addressing SLCPs in his Climate Action Plan, announced on June 25, 2013. In addition to the measures outlined in the President’s plan, the U.S. has a number of other opportunities domestically to achieve rapid, low-cost reductions in SLCPs using a combination of Executive Orders and other existing authorities, as well as procurement policy, voluntary industry agreements, public-private partnerships, and other strategies described here.

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Primer on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs)

November 2013

Summary

Slowing the rate of global warming over the near term by cutting short-lived climate pollutants to complement carbon dioxide reductions for the long term.

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