October 23, 2016

Historic deal reached to limit powerful greenhouse gases

23 October 2016

In a landmark step to combat climate change, about 200 nations, including India, today struck a legally-binding deal after intense negotiations to phase down climate-damaging HFCs that have global warming potential thousand times more than carbon dioxide. Negotiators and policymakers held meetings since yesterday morning and through the night, having intense deliberations to iron out…

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October Has Been a Great Month for Climate Action

23 October 2016

After a summer marked by record temperatures around the globe, the world wrapped up beach season with a particularly distressing bit of climate news last month: atmospheric carbon levels have reached 400 ppm, a dreaded climate milestone from which there’s no going back. Fortunately, this bummer of a development was almost immediately followed by announcements…

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Banning the ‘super’ greenhouse gas

23 October 2016

Hydrofluorocarbons, which replaced ozone-depleting CFCs, proved disastrous for climate change. Countries have now agreed to ban HFCs – but that may not bring as big a climate benefit as was hoped. It’s a historic achievement in the fight against global warming: Envoys from the nearly 200 nations signed up to the Montreal Protocol gathered at…

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Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

23 October 2016

KIGALI, Rwanda — Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. The talks in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, did not draw the same spotlight as the climate change accord forged…

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