Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Sea Change in Support for Reducing HFCs Under Montreal Protocol

June 28, 2013

Parties to the Montreal Protocol this week took a major step forward in considering action to reduce the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons, the super-greenhouse gases known as HFCs. read more


Fast Action to Cut HFCs Avoids Up to 0.5°C of Warming by End of Century

June 26, 2013

A study published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics confirms the importance President Obama is placing on cutting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), as reflected in his… read more


US and China Agree to Use Montreal Protocol to Cut Super Greenhouse Gases

June 13, 2013

President Obama and President Xi concluded their first-ever summit June 8th with two successful outcomes: an agreement to work together to reduce the threat from North Korea, and an agreement to “work together and with other countries through multilateral approaches that include… read more


Black Carbon Emissions Cut 90% in California Model for Polluted Mega Cities of the World

June 12, 2013

In a first-of-its kind study examining the impact black carbon has on climate in California, researchers found the state’s efforts to reduce air pollution, particularly from diesel engines, has cut black carbon concentrations by 90% since 1966, without… read more


Obama, Xi can secure critical climate victory this week Leadership by two presidents would ensure successful HFC phase down; Montreal Protocol victory would produce fast climate protection

June 6, 2013

President Obama and President Xi have the opportunity when they meet tomorrow and Saturday to secure the biggest climate victory available before 2020 by agreeing to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. In a letter sent yesterday, the… read more


Arctic Council Calls for HFC Phase Down under Montreal Protocol

May 16, 2013

Arctic Council Ministers from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States yesterday called for taking action “as soon as possible” to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol and for reducing black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic. read more


Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act Introduced in Congress

May 9, 2013

Congressman Scott Peters (D-Calif.) today introduced the Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act of 2013, or SUPER Act, to establish a U.S task force to reduce super climate pollutants under existing authorities. read more


China and Montreal Protocol Team Up for Fast Climate Protection

April 25, 2013

The Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol will provide China $385 million over the next 17 years to completely eliminate its industrial production of HCFCs by 2030. read more


Reducing Air Pollution, Chemical Coolants Can Quickly Cut Sea-Level Rise

April 14, 2013

Sea-level rise—a growing threat that washes away beaches, attacks costal development, and raises the platform for launching ever more damaging and deadly storm surges—can be cut significantly by… read more


Air Pollution, Among Top Global Killers, Is Critical Climate Target

March 8, 2013

Indoor air pollution is the fourth leading global risk factor for death according to the Global Burden of Disease study produced by 488 researchers from 50 countries. read more


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