IGSD

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

The New York Times



Obama Orders New Efficiency for Big Trucks

February 18, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday ordered the development of tough new fuel standards for the nation’s fleet of heavy-duty trucks as part of what aides say will be an increasingly muscular and unilateral campaign to tackle climate change through the use of the president’s executive power. read more

 


The Montreal Protocol, a Little Treaty That Could

December 9, 2013

Here is a remarkable fact about global warming: It might be twice as bad right now were it not for a treaty negotiated by a conservative American president, for an entirely different purpose, based on motives no one has ever quite understood. read more

 


Obama Seeks New U.S. Role in Climate Debate

July 2, 2013

When President Obama barged into a meeting of leaders from Brazil, China, India and other countries at a climate conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, he managed to extract a last-minute agreement to set a goal to limit the rise in global temperatures. read more

 


Snapshots From Doha and Elsewhere

December 6, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is not attending the annual United Nations climate change summit meeting under way here in the Qatari capital. In fact, she has not attended one since the largely unsuccessful conclave in Copenhagen three years ago, which was supposed to produce a new global agreement on climate change but instead dissolved into near chaos. read more

 


Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas

August 8, 2012

When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed a sensible system. Greenhouse gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere. The more dangerous the gas, the more that manufacturers in developing nations would be compensated as they reduced their emissions. read more