Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Cuts Needed in Both CO2 and Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

December 12, 2013

A paper to be published today in Science describes the importance of reducing both long-lived CO2 and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to achieve… read more


World Already Teetering on Tipping Points for Abrupt Climate Change

December 4, 2013

The world is already beginning to pass tipping points for abrupt, catastrophic, and irreversible changes to the global climate according to a new 200-page report released yesterday by the US National Academy of Sciences. Abrupt climate change, unlike gradual changes such as steadily increasing… read more


Study Confirms Need to Cut CO2 as Well as Short-Lived Pollutants Can’t Afford to Wait on Either

November 21, 2013

A paper published today in Nature Climate Change confirms earlier studies finding that immediate and aggressive cuts in both carbon dioxide (CO2) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are necessary to maintain global temperatures below 2°C through the end of the century. read more


Effort to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Brings Hope to Climate Negotiations

November 21, 2013

Amid a desultory UN climate negotiation session in Warsaw this week and last—the 19th Meeting of the Parties—one strategy emerged with wide-spread support. read more


Montreal Protocol Success Slowed Global Warming

November 11, 2013

Scientists using sophisticated statistical methods show in a paper in Nature Geoscience that the successful phase out of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, by the Montreal Protocol slowed climate change… read more


Climate Emissions Off-Track for 2°C Goal, But Still Possible with Fast, Focused, Firm Action

November 5, 2013

The gap continues to grow between emissions pledges that countries have made and the emissions levels needed by 2020 to keep global temperature rise below 2° (or 1.5°) C by 2100. read more


Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Critical for Protecting Earth’s Snow and Ice-Covered Regions

November 3, 2013

Cutting short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) can significantly reduce warming in vulnerable ice and snow covered areas of the world such as the Arctic and Himalayas, known as… read more


Steady March Towards Action on Reducing HFCs Under Montreal Protocol

October 25, 2013

The Parties to the Montreal Protocol continued their steady march towards phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under that treaty this week in Bangkok by reconvening… read more


Climate Threat from Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Upgraded by IPCC in 5th Assessment

October 2, 2013

The climate threat posed by short-lived climate pollutants was just upgraded by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) in its Fifth assessment published this week. read more


95% Likelihood Climate Change Is Manmade Says IPCC

September 26, 2013

On Friday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to release the first of four volumes of its fifth comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge on climate change, known as AR5. read more


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