IGSD

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

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The Washington Post: The world is about to install 700 million air conditioners. Here’s what that means for the climate

May 31, 2016

As countries boom in wealth and population, and extend electricity to more people even as the climate warms, the projections are clear: They are going to install mind-boggling amounts of air conditioning, not just for comfort but as a health necessity. read more

 


At Paris climate talks, experts cite looming risk from industrial coolants, methane

December 5, 2015

As world leaders grapple with how to cut global emissions of carbon dioxide, diplomats in Paris are recording progress in combating other pollutants that scientists believe are contributing powerfully to rising temperatures. A coalition of governments and private businesses has agreed to take up a series of initiatives to limit so-called “short-lived climate pollutants,” read more

 


U.S., China agree to work on phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

September 6, 2013

The United States and China announced Friday they would seek to eliminate some of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases through the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the landmark treaty that successfully phased out ozone-depleting substances decades ago. read more

 


A fracking breakthrough for environmentalists and drillers

March 23, 2013

LAST WEEK BROUGHT a heartening breakthrough in the war over fracking: A handful of major green groups and big drillers agreed on environmental standards. We’d forgive you for raising a skeptical eyebrow. Some in the industry have been claiming that fracking — which involves pumping fluid underground to extract natural gas from rock formations… read more

 


U.S. could fall short of 2020 climate goal, new study says, but target remains in reach

February 6, 2013

The United States is not on track to meet its international commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the World Resources Institute. read more