Plea to phase down a potent greenhouse gas TWO island nations vulnerable to climate change impacts, Micronesia and Mauritius, have sought curbs on a chemical that could represent a third of the total greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions by 2040. In a joint representation, the two countries sought US support to regulate production and use of hydroflourocarbons (hfcs) by getting them included

Two island nations, Micronesia and Mauritius, filed a proposed amendment on 30th April 09 to regulate HFCs under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty. HFC emissions are expected to grow rapidly over the next few decades, equaling about one third of the climate problem by 2040.

The IGSD press release on a joint proposal by Micronesia and Mauritius for phasing down HFCs which could otherwise be responsible for 1/3rd of total climate emissions by 2040. The U.S. is also considering submitting its own proposal on HFCs to the Montreal Protocol.

This document presents the results of a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific. It presents the issues and requirements that Pacific islands face regarding the impacts of climate change on food sources and water.