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Here's Proof We Can Solve Global Environmental Problems If We Try

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.02.2016 | Green

Nearly three decades ago, a group of alarmed policymakers, armed with data about a large -- and growing -- hole in the ozone layer, met in Montreal an...

How President Obama Became the World's Leading Climate Champion

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 06.10.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Authored by Durwood Zaelke & Paul Bledsoe Addressing Both Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Protection Three years ago this month, President...

India, U.S. Ratchet Up Progress on Super-Warming HFCs

David Doniger | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
David Doniger

India and the United States strengthened their commitments to strong climate action today - particularly on the supercharged climate pollutants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

G7 Leaders Commit to Cut Near-Term Warming by Reducing HFCs, Other Super Pollutants

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

In their May 27th declaration, the leaders of the G7 commit for the first time to cutting near-term warming by phasing down short-lived super pollutants black carbon, methane, and HFCs.

Nordic Summit Must Help Tame Climate

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 05.13.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

There'll be a couple of bears in the room when the leaders of the five Nordic nations meet President Obama at the White House tomorrow. One is Russian aggression, and how to curb it. The other menace is less publicized, but even more formidable -- climate change.

Two Environmental Lessons from the Heritage Foundation's 2016 Index of Economic Freedom

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 04.30.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

We are well into 2016, which means that the Heritage Foundation's much vaunted annual Index of Economic Freedom is up and running. The Index's striking heat-map feature highlights the incredible economic disparities that exist between different countries.

Global Environment Protector Mostafa Tolba R.I.P.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Magda Abu-Fadil

The misuse of land, symptomatic of any Middle Eastern country with agricultural territory, as well as construction of roads, airports, housing, and prestige projects on arable stretches in several countries has been robbing terrain of valuable assets as foreseen by a very astute Egyptian scientist.

Post-Paris Pivot to Fast Near-term Climate Mitigation

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

In the first test of post-Paris climate mitigation, Parties to the Montreal Protocol made significant progress last week to eliminate warming from super greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used primarily as refrigerants in air conditioners and other equipment. HFCs are one of the six main greenhouse gases.

The Oasis of an HFC Amendment: Not a Mirage, But Still a Dune or Two Away

David Doniger | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
David Doniger

At the close of a week's negotiations in Dubai, countries have made progress toward the oasis of an HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol. If they keep driving their camels, there's hope they can reach the oasis in 2016.

Countries Agree to Use Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

The countries of the world agreed today to work together in 2016 to use the Montreal Protocol to eliminate the global warming contribution from one of the six main greenhouse gases by phasing down refrigerants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

Carbon's Not the Only One: Progress Expected on Reducing HFCs

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.03.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Safer chemicals and more energy efficient technologies can provide cooling without severe climate implications. Shifting to these alternatives could avoid the equivalent of 12 times the current annual carbon pollution of the United States by 2050.

Beating the Heat in Dubai: Alternative Air Conditioning Refrigerants Show Big Gains at High Temperature

David Doniger | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Concern about the efficiency of air conditioning in very hot climates has been an obstacle to winning agreement on a phase-down of the powerful heat-trapping chemicals known as HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons). Now we have new test data on the performance of next-generation refrigerants in air conditioners commonly used in homes and buildings.

Cooling With Less Warming: Can Countries Grab A Climate Victory Next Week?

David Doniger | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

There's a chance to score a climate victory next week on the super-pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs - one that would give a boost to the Paris climate summit next month.

Cooling With Less Warming: White House Leads Push on HFCs

David Doniger | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Adding to these governmental actions, an array of companies and trade associations reported on progress implementing HFC reduction commitments made a year ago, and announced new commitments for 2015.

What Would Reagan Do About CO2?

William S. Becker | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

Shultz is correct. The mistake is being made by the field of Republican presidential candidates pandering to those in their base who deny that climate change even exists and that even if it did, the United States cannot do anything about it.

Celebrating the Best Climate Treaty of All Time

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Today is international ozone day, a day when we traditionally celebrate the Montreal Protocol treaty for its historic success solving the first great threat to the global atmosphere--the threat to the protective stratospheric ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbons, CFCs.

Achingly Slow Talks on HFCs -- NRDC Offers IMPACT Tool to Jumpstart Progress

David Doniger | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Countries made achingly slow progress towards curbs on the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at Montreal Protocol talks in Paris this week. In an effort to jumpstart progress, NRDC launched a new analytical tool to compare competing HFC phase-down proposals.

A Bit of Good News for the Ozone Layer

David Doniger | Posted 07.23.2016 | Green
David Doniger

This year marks the end of large exemptions for a dangerous ozone-destroying chemical called methyl bromide -- an agricultural chemical then used mainly to kill soil pests in strawberry, tomato, and other vegetable-growing regions.

3 Climate Lessons From Lima

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Cutting the rate of warming by half is essential for adaptation. Leadership from heads of government and a plan of action for fast mitigation to complement the UN agreement can start to answer the legitimate demands of all citizens for their governments to avoid the irreversible climate crisis.

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

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

President Obama's historic agreement Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world's efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution.

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

During his first official visit to the United States this week, India's popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals.

Ozone-Depleting Emissions Not Stopped By Montreal Protocol

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green

New research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows that large quantities of a chemical responsible for depleting the ozone layer are still bei...

As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Bad news can be paralyzing, and that's a problem when it comes to climate change. The steady drumbeat of bad news can numb us.

Will New Climate Regulations Destroy the Economy? (Hint: No.)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There is a long history of claims that new rules to protect the environment or human health will seriously harm the United States economy. These claims are political fodder, they are provocative, and they are always wrong.

NASA Sets Date For Full Recovery Of Ozone Hole

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.13.2013 | Green

2070 is shaping up to be a great year for Mother Earth. That's when NASA scientists are predicting the hole in the ozone layer might finally make a...