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Landmark Revision of Japanese Fluorocarbon Regulations: Make It Count

On April 19, 2013, the Japanese Cabinet approved the revision of its fluorocarbon regulations that will fundamentally change the way high global warming fluorocarbons are produced, used and disposed in Japan. It also will lead to a phase-down of the “super” greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are hundreds and thousands of times more damaging to […]

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Let’s Get this Done; Decision at Warsaw on HFCs Needed to Bridge Gigatonne Gap

Parties met last week in Bonn, Germany to begin discussing the next legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. This is agreement is potentially the most significant global treaty that will ever be negotiated. To help structure the negotiations, two tracks were formed: Work Stream One that focuses on the […]

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Technology Now: Low-GWP technologies are bursting onto the Chinese market

Refrigeration 2013 kicked off two weeks ago, showcasing new and emerging products in refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps. One of the focuses of this exposition was on new lower global warming potential (GWP) technologies that are bursting onto the Chinese market, to replace the ozone depleting substances (Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)) that have […]

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China Agrees to Massive Climate Mitigation

EIA Demands Guarantee that Potent Climate Damaging By-product HFC-23 is Also Eliminated China has agreed to accept up to US$385 million from the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the elimination of its industrial production of ozone depleting substances known as HCFC (hyrdochlorofluorocarbons) and associated by-product HFC-23 in accordance with best practices to minimize associated […]

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Holding Internet Giants Accountable for Appalling Sale of Whale and Ivory Products

EIA and Humane Society International researchers were shocked to discover ads promoting the sale of elephant ivory and whale products on internet giant Google and Amazon.com websites. Both Google, the world’s largest search engine, and Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, have laudable policies against the sale of products from these endangered and threatened species, […]