Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Accelerating Impacts from Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Threaten Human Rights

July 13, 2011

Climate pollutant emissions violate human rights and require rapid reductions to protect the world’s most vulnerable people, according to a joint submission to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights by the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) in Argentina… read more


Black Carbon Emissions are 3-5 Times More Damaging Than Previously Thought

June 14, 2011

Black carbon soot is a potent climate pollutant that is causing up to half the warming in the Arctic region, and also much of the warming in the Himalayan- Tibetan Plateau, two super critical ecosystems that are warming two to three times faster than the global average. read more


New Climate Report “Sounds Alarm” for Fast Action in US

May 14, 2011

Global climate change is real and the danger it poses to the US and the world demands aggressive national policies to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report published on May 12 by The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. read more


Vulnerable Island Nation Calls for Fast Climate Cuts under Ozone Treaty

May 11, 2011

Facing sea level rise of up to 5 feet by the end of the century, the low-lying vulnerable island nation of Micronesia is calling on the Parties to the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty to capture the single biggest… read more


Dramatic Sea Level Rise Expected From Faster Melting of Arctic Snow and Ice

May 6, 2011

Sea levels could rise up to 5 feet by the end of this century, driven by warming in the Arctic and the resulting melt of snow and ice, according to a new study by the International Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). read more


BBC World Highlights Ozone Treaty’s Potential to Help or Hurt Climate System

May 6, 2011

Beginning tomorrow, May 7, BBC World will air a documentary highlighting the potential of the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty to fight climate change. read more


Cutting Black Carbon Pollution Provides Fast Climate Mitigation, Prevents Millions of Premature Deaths

April 21, 2011

Cutting black carbon (BC) pollution can provide near- term climate mitigation, particularly in sensitive regions such as the Arctic and the Tibetan Plateau, according to the Advisory Panel reviewing the EPA Report to Congress on Black Carbon. read more


US, China, and Others Launch Coordinated Study of Soot’s Impact on Arctic Melting

April 20, 2011

The Arctic has been warming rapidly over the last century – about twice the global average – and black carbon soot may be to blame, according to an international team of scientists who have begun a month-long research project to study the impact of black carbon particles in the vulnerable region. read more


Cutting Black Carbon Provides Fast Benefits for Climate, Health

March 25, 2011

Black carbon (BC) is “ripe for ‘win-win’ emissions reduction approaches that bring both climate and public health benefits”, according to a new U.S. EPA study mandated by Congress. read more


EPA Set to Ban Powerful GHGs From Auto Air Conditioning

March 23, 2011

The U.S. EPA has agreed to grant a petition filed by a trio of NGOs to withdraw the agency’s approval to use the super greenhouse gas HFC-134a for air conditioning installed in new automobiles. read more


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