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Climate change is a global challenge that requires global solutions. Efforts like the Paris Agreement strengthen confidence that all countries are doing their share, helping each country do even more.

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Not-in-Kind Alternatives to High Global Warming HFCs

As parties to the Montreal Protocol consider an amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), one critical concern is the availability of zero- or low-global warming potential (low-GWP) alternatives to replace high-global warming potential (GWP) HFCs. While much of the attention …

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Legal Note: Could a Future President Reverse US Approval of the Paris Agreement?

Like other treaties, the Paris Agreement includes provisions spelling out the manner in which a party may choose to exercise its right to withdraw. This note summarizes these provisions; relevant provisions of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); …

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A new flight path for reducing emissions from global aviation
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A critical opportunity to build on the Paris Agreement
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Decision-makers heed the Paris call to action

The following appeared in the September 2016 edition of Climate 2020, A UNA-UK publication providing analysis and recommendations on fulfilling the Paris Agreement on climate change   Even before the landmark Paris Agreement has formally become international law, it’s clear …

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The enduring power of US-China climate leadership
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Technological innovation, sustainable development, and post-Paris voluntary cooperation — a closer look at Japan’s joint crediting mechanism

The following article appeared in the July 2016 issue of the American Bar Association International Environmental and Resources Law Committee Newsletter.   After the Paris Agreement, a major challenge will be achieving emissions reductions while promoting sustainable development and allowing nations flexibility to …

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Post-Paris transparency under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The following article appeared in the July 2016 issue of the American Bar Association International Environmental and Resources Law Committee Newsletter.   Introduction Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, or Convention) reached a landmark agreement …

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Advancing toward an HFC phasedown
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Status of Legal Challenges: Patents Related to the use of HFO1234YF in Auto Air Conditioning

One of the key challenges identified by Parties to the Montreal Protocol as part of the Dubai Pathway on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) relates to concerns raised about intellectual property rights. Because a large number of patents on low global warming potential …

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