President Promotes Fast Action on HFCs and Methane
June 27, 2013 09:41 AM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

President continues to champion HFC phase down under the Montreal Protocol

Fast Action to Cut HFCs Avoids Up to 0.5°C of Warming by End of Century
June 26, 2013 01:45 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Cutting HFCs and other short-lived climate pollutants avoids 1.5°C of warming by end of century
Cutting short-lived climate pollutants comparable to aggressive CO2 cuts through end of century

World Nature Organization and the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention announce major cooperation
June 25, 2013 10:13 AM - World Nature Organization

The Preparatory Commission for the World Nature Organization, together with the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, announces the signing of an Understanding between the two organizations on 24 June in Innsbruck, Austria. 

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER AND QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN TO CO-HOST THE ECOHOUSE
June 24, 2013 12:35 AM - Community Environmental Center

Two Queens nonprofit agencies dedicated to sustainability, the Community Environmental Center and Queens Botanical Garden, will partner to host the Community Environmental Center EcoHouse at the Garden in July and August.

New Conservation Complex Will Protect Critically Endangered Cross River Gorillas in the Cameroon Highlands
June 24, 2013 12:29 AM - African Conservation Foundation

London - In Cameroon, populations of Cross River gorillas can be found in the Lebialem Highlands: a biodiversity hotspot in one of the wettest places on earth. A new cluster of protected areas will protect Cross River Gorillas and an important watershed for the benefit of all Cameroonians.

RHODES TRUSSELL, GLOBAL LEADER IN WATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES, TO RECEIVE 2013 CLARKE PRIZE
June 20, 2013 02:11 PM - National Water Research Institute

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) has announced that civil and environmental engineer R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE, will be the twentieth recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.  Trussell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trussell Technologies, Inc., an environmental engineering consulting firm based in Pasadena, California.

Climate Change will Trap Millions in Poverty According to World Bank Report
Warming could surpass the 2°C guardrail in the next two to three decades
Interaction of climate impacts can cause ”˜domino-effect’ ultimately affecting long-term human development
June 19, 2013 02:53 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Washington DC — In a new report released today, the World Bank warned that climate change-driven increasing severe weather, sea-level rise, storm surges will threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.  According to the report, climate-related extremes events from current warming are already pushing the most vulnerable households below the poverty trap threshold and will make promoting economic growth, poverty and inequality eradication increasingly challenging as temperatures continue to rise.  By 2030, the report warns, between 40% and 80% of the land used to grow maize in Sub-Saharan Africa will be unable to sustain crops due to droughts and heat, while sea-level rise and increased tropical storms could inundate much of the Thai Capital, Bangkok and other low-lying coastal cities and islands.

BROOKLYN HOME RAVAGED BY SANDY IS HELPED BY ROBIN HOOD RELIEF FUND GRANT TO COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
June 19, 2013 11:13 AM - Community Environmental Center

New York, NY – Stella S. remembers when the ocean invaded her home in Sea Gate, in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

“My basement was totally destroyed,” she said during a recent telephone interview. “Five feet of water. You can still see the water line. It was very scary.&rdquo

Delta/Surrey Residents Raise Dust Over U.S. Coal Exports
June 17, 2013 09:55 AM - Burns Bog Conservation Society

Prior to the Metro Vancouver meeting Friday, June 14th over the import/export of U.S. coal in the Lower Mainland, a forum on coal was held by Burns Bog Conservation Society and the Wilderness Committee. The forum, held on Wednesday June 12th at the Delta Golf Course (11550 No. 10 Road), was attended by over 200 Delta and Surrey residents. The forum told residents that the coal terminal expansion at Fraser Surrey Docks would result in 175 car train travelling through the community, 4 times a day. At the time, a coal train was sitting on the tracks less than 50 meters from the meeting.

US and China Agree to Use Montreal Protocol to Cut Super Greenhouse Gases
Agreement on HFCs Opens Door to Biggest Climate Mitigation Through 2020
June 14, 2013 10:03 AM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Washington DC –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 using the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs….”

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