Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


Late Night Lima Deal Sets Stage for Climate Showdown in Paris

December 14, 2014

The UN climate discussions in Lima crossed the finish line at a few minutes past 3AM this morning, with all countries agreeing to shoulder climate commitments in an agreement to be finalized in Paris next December read more


Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Key for Near-Term Climate Protection

December 12, 2014

As UN climate discussions in Lima move toward their conclusion, there is a sense that the parties will produce a draft compilation of elements as the basis for negotiating a final agreement, largely because they have no choice if they want to conclude an agreement next December in Paris. read more


Progress in Paris to Phase Down Super Greenhouse Pollutants

November 21, 2014

Path forward to eliminate HFCs, major climate pollutant Parties to the Montreal Protocol continued to make progress in their negotiations to phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used primarily as refrigerants and to make insulating foams, opening a path to avoid the equivalent of up to 200 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions […] read more


Progress on Fast Action to Cut HFCs Under Montreal Protocol

November 20, 2014

As the fourth day of the 26th Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol comes to a close, a unique collection of countries, including China, India, Brazil, and South Africa, along with the European Union and the United States, are calling for fast action to cut production and use of HFCs read more


Obama, Xi Climate Agreement Opens Door to Paris Success in 2015

November 12, 2014

President Obama’s historic agreement today with President Xi in China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world’s efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution before the most severe climate impacts become irreversible read more


Study Reaffirms Importance of CO2 as Driver of Long-Term Climate

November 4, 2014

Washington, DC, 4 November 2014 – A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, reaffirms that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are the primary driver of long- term temperature, and underlines the importance of immediate and parallel action to address emissions of both CO2 and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to effectively combat near- and long-term climate change. read more


Citizens March, Obama and Other Leaders Listen, Pledge Action

September 23, 2014

Two days after the historic People’s Climate March, more than 100 heads of State met the challenge from the Secretary General to step up their climate mitigation actions. read more


UNEP fast action team expands battle against black carbon, methane, HFCs

September 22, 2014

On the eve of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit, ministers and vice ministers meeting at the High Level Assembly (HLA) of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) agreed to expand… read more


White House and Industry Announce Emission Reduction Collaboration on Anniversary of Montreal Protocol

September 16, 2014

In an event hosted by the White House today, a group of industry leaders made pledges to protect the environment by reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)… read more


Science report confirms Montreal Protocol’s past successes, warns of future danger

September 10, 2014

A report to be released today by the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer confirms that the Montreal Protocol… read more


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