Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

June 2013

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