Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Press Release

California Governor Wants Fast Cuts to Short-Lived Pollutants

September 30, 2015

Following Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement last week, today the California Air Resources Board released the details of its ambitious new strategy to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. read more


California Gov. Brown Announces Bold Action on Short-Live Climate Pollutants

September 24, 2015

Governor Brown stated this afternoon that California will announce an aggressive plan next week to cut methane and HFCs by 40 percent and black carbon by 50 percent in the next fifteen years. This bold action was revealed today at read more


White House Calls for Cuts to Key Short-Lived Climate Pollutant

August 18, 2015

The White House announced today federal regulations to reduce 2025 methane emissions from oil and gas production by 40 to 45% from 2012 levels. Methane is a short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) and has the potential to quickly slow near-term climate impacts by reducing the immediate damages of climate change, including sea-level rise and extreme weather conditions. read more


Nations Closing in on Control of Super Greenhouse Gas

July 24, 2015

As midnight approached, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol took the unusual step of suspending, rather than adjourning, their Working Group meeting, to ensure they would be able to finalize terms for negotiating the final agreement to phasedown the refrigerants known as HFCs, before treaty’s annual meeting in Dubai 1 to 5 November. read more


Improving Air Conditioner Efficiency Could Avoid Up To 100 Billion Tonnes of CO2

July 20, 2015

Improving the energy efficiency of room air conditioners to the level of efficient units already on the market can provide climate mitigation up to 100 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2050, a substantial part of the mitigation needed to keep the planet from warming more than 2°C above pre-Industrial levels. read more


Cutting Soot, HFC Refrigerants, Other Short-Lived Pollutants Provides Political Opportunity

July 9, 2015

Fast cuts to short-lived climate pollutants will provide both short-term climate mitigation as well as the political confidence necessary for a broader international climate deal in Paris in December, according to a Nature Climate Change commentary to be published 13 July. read more


New Climate Economy Report Calls for Phase Down of HFCs Under Montreal Protocol

July 7, 2015

Phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol is one of the top ten strategies for keeping the climate from warming less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels while also promoting strong economic growth and development, according to the New Climate Economy report released today. read more


EPA Finalizes Rule on Safer HFC Alternatives Under SNAP Program

July 2, 2015

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took strong action today to ban and otherwise restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration, air conditioning, and foam and aerosol products. read more


U.S. and Brazil Agree to Phase Down HFCs under Montreal Protocol

June 30, 2015

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and President Barack Obama agreed today to work together to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. read more


U.S. Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Will Save Tens of Thousands of Lives, Hundreds of Billions of Dollars

June 23, 2015

The U.S. must curb greenhouse gas emissions, including short-lived climate pollutants, in order to avoid “serious physical and economic risks of unmitigated climate change,” according to a report released today by the White House and the EPA. read more


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