US Senate Could Block Landmark HFC Climate Treaty - Climate Central

The jubilation and relief that flowed from United Nations climate talks in Rwanda over the weekend may be short-lived in the U.S., where legal experts say the agreement risks being blocked by Republican senators. Weary U.N. diplomats finalized a deal ...

Staying Cool Without Heating Up - World Bank Group

On October 15, parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs, a group of potent greenhouse gases used predominantly in air conditioning and refrigeration. This has the potential of limiting the rise in ...

Countries Agree to Cut Harmful Refrigerants: What You Need to Know - Smithsonian

Over the last twenty-five years, climate change treaties have stacked up like a deck of cards; there's the Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen Accords, the Cancun Agreement, Doha Amendment and most recently the Paris Agreement. Despite the time spent ...

Kigali warning - The Indian Express

India has eked out the most lenient time-frame for eliminating HFC. It cannot afford to be an outlier in future negotiations. 0. Shares. Facebook · Twitter · Google Plus · Whatsapp. By: Editorial | Published:October 18, 2016 12:14 am. Less than a year ...

The Montreal Protocol Is the Most Successful Climate Agreement Ever - Motherboard

Remember the hole in the ozone layer? If you were around in the 80s, you definitely do—it was a climate bogeyman of the time, along with acid rain, and rightfully so. It was in that decade that scientists confirmed that chemicals called CFCs (found in ...

New climate deal hailed as 'monumental' despite some doubts of impact - Humanosphere

The international community hammered out a deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, over the weekend. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the agreement to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases as a ...

What are HFCs and what's their role in climate change? - 89.3 KPCC

Nations have agreed to cut back on a class of greenhouse gases called HFCs or hydrofluorocarbons, in a further step to reduce the effects of global climate change. "If you have a car that is 1995 model or newer, chances are that inside the AC system ...

New agreement will end use of refrigerants that enhance climate change - Ars Technica

Because of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, NASA was able to call a video about the ozone layer “The World Avoided.” In a model for international agreements, the world's nations came together in response to research revealing a dangerous trend of ozone ...

How New Climate Agreements Deal With Crazy Republicans - New York Magazine

How the world managed to make an important new climate agreement this weekend. Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/AFP/Getty Images. This weekend, negotiators from 170 countries ratified an agreement to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a gas used in ...

It has been a really unprecedented year for global climate action - ThinkProgress

From the Paris agreement to a new deal on another kind of greenhouse gas, the world is doing a lot to slow climate change. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech to the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that ...

Chemical Companies Investing Millions as Countries Agree to Phase Out HFC Gases - Environmental Leader

supermarket refrigeration Chemical companies including Honeywell and Chemours are scaling up efforts to make low global warming coolants used in air-conditioners and refrigerators, following a global deal to phase down super-polluting ...

Benefits of greenhouse gas pact may fall short of high hopes - The Hindu

Picture shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with Indian Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave at Kigali, Rwanda during the recently concluded talks on Hydrofluorocarbons phase down. Photo: AP. OSLO: October 17, 2016 20:22 IST.

How the Chemical Industry Joined the Fight Against Climate Change - New York Times

Workers assembling air-conditioners at a Daikin plant in India in 2014. The company also produces HFC32, a refrigerant. Credit Adnan Abidi/Reuters. It might seem surprising to find the world's chemical companies on the front lines of preventing climate ...

Staying cool without warming the planet - Oxfam America (press release) (blog)

Hydroflourocarbons (HFC), gases used in everyday appliances like air conditioners, are on the rise and are massive contributors to climate change. The Kigali Amendment, reached last week, is hoping to change that. (Photo: pmorgan / Flickr). Tweet. Share.

Heads of states from 170 countries sign deal that bans global warming chemicals used in refrigerators and AC - ZME Science

At Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, 170 nations signed a landmark climate deal that will impose a worldwide ban on chemical coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. These are used in refrigerators and air conditioning systems but also act as a potent ...

Tackling How to Cool Down in a Warming World, Without HFCs - InsideClimate News

New international agreement on reducing the climate-harming gases used in air conditioning shows real global momentum on climate change. Zahra Hirji · By Zahra Hirji. Oct 17, 2016. Negotiators celebrate UN international accord on HFCs in Kigali, Rwanda.

Statement of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Montreal Protocol Agreement to Cut Use of HFCs - Energy.gov (blog)

WASHINGTON - Following several days of negotiations between the United States and nearly 200 nations in Kigali, Rwanda, an agreement was reached to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and use of potent heat-trapping chemicals ...

World Leaders Agree to Phase Out Heat-Trapping Hydrofluorocarbons - Scientific American

A new global agreement clinched this weekend to curtail use of a class of highly warming chemicals used in air conditioning and refrigeration puts a check next to the last major item on President Obama's climate diplomacy bucket list. The amendment to ...

Paris talks, Montreal delivers! Kigali's massive climate victory - The Ecologist (blog)

The 'Kigali Amendment' agreed this weekend to control HFC gases thousands of times more powerful than CO2 is the first major step in delivering the goals of the Paris agreement, writes Nigel Paul - and a second huge success for the Montreal Protocol, ...

Global treaty signed to ban HFC refrigerants - Treehugger

The Montreal protocol is a model of cooperation. It is a product of the recognition and international consensus that ozone depletion is a global problem, both in terms of its causes and its effects. The protocol is the result of an extraordinary ...