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"At Some Point of Time We Will Go With This Proposal" - Despite Opponents, Sense of Inevitability Grows at Talks on Curbing the Super-Warming HFCs

July 22, 2014 by David Doniger

Countries jousted again over proposals to replace the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, the world’s most successful environmental treaty. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait emerged as the most vociferous opponents.[read more]

EPA Tackles HFC Super Pollutants, Next Step in President Obama's Climate Action Plan

February 10, 2014 by David Doniger
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The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its plans to tackle the super-potent heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.[read more]

Mixed Signals and Missed Opportunities as India Puts the Brakes on HFC Phase-Down Talks

October 31, 2013 by David Doniger

After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping HFCs at meetings of the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok last week.[read more]

India and US Make Progress on HFC Super-Pollutants

September 30, 2013 by David Doniger
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The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping HFCs quickened when President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer.[read more]

US, China, G-20 Make Progress Curbing HFC Pollutants in St. Petersburg Summit

September 9, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The world’s biggest countries took steps at the St. Petersburg G-20 summit today towards an agreement to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The group agreed to work together under the Montreal Protocol.[read more]

Biden Builds Momentum on US-India Climate Cooperation

July 29, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

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In India, Vice President Joe Biden advanced momentum on U.S.-India discussions to combat climate change earlier this week, stressing the importance of a stronger U.S.-India strategic partnership, including working toward a global phase-down of super greenhouse gases.[read more]

US-China Breakthrough on Curbing Greenhouse Gases

June 10, 2013 by David Doniger
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President Obama and President Xi announced a breakthrough in bilateral cooperation on climate change, by agreeing to work together on a phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons.[read more]

Two Notable Events Prompt Examination of an Important Property of Cap-and-Trade

July 23, 2012 by Robert Stavins

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In December of 2010, a group of economists and legal scholars gathered at the University of Chicago to celebrate two notable events. One was the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Ronald Coase’s “The Problem of Social Cost” (Coase 1960).  The other was Professor Coase’s 100th birthday.  The conference resulted in a...[read more]

Will China and India Help Curb HFCs, Or Stand in the Way?

July 23, 2012 by David Doniger

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The Montreal protocol is arguably the most successful international climate treaty - but just as it's being renegotiated, will China and India stand in the way?[read more]

A New Climate Coalition: The Good and the Problematic

March 20, 2012 by Robert Stowe
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On February 16, 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and environment ministers from five other countries introduced the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. The Coalition’s members are the governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States, with the United Nations...[read more]