Four New Man-Made Gases Found That Harm Ozone Layer, Scientists Say

Green (Living) Review

OSLO, March 9 (Reuters) - Scientists have detected four new man-made gases that damage the Earth''s protective ozone layer, despite bans on almost all production of similar gases under a 1987 treaty, a study showed on Sunday. The ozone layer shields the planet from damaging ultra-violet rays, which can cause skin cancer and eye cataracts, and has been recovering after a phase-out of damaging chemicals under the U.N.''s s 1987 Montreal Protocol.

Asthma Inhalers and the Ozone Layer

Eco Friendly Daily

Asthma sufferers are doing their part to decrease the amount of ozone depleting substances in the air whether they want to or not. Because of the far-reaching Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the emergency albuterol inhalers asthma patients have used for years are changing, and the old versions won’t be produced or sold past December 2008. The Montreal Protocol doesn’t just apply to inhalers, either.

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What’s The State of The Ozone Layer Today?

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Discovery of the depletion of the ozone layer was a watershed moment in the ecological timeline of our world. Ozone became synonymous with pollution and chemicals like CFCs (Chloro Fluro Carbons) which used to be staple chemical ingredients of a lot of products from refrigerators to fire extinguishers. Its less than desirable effect on the Earth’s protective sheath, the ozone layer was well highlighted.

Same urgent cooperation needed on Climate Change as the Ozone Layer

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is urging the international community to cooperate on climate change in the same way that they united for the protection of the ozone layer. In the 1980s, computer models predicted a global disaster if no action was taken to protect the ozone layer against synthetic ozone-depleting chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Jordan Finally Phases out Ozone-depleting Chemicals

Green Prophet

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has wrapped up a national phase-out of all central cooling systems using chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), reports the Jordan Times : ”Jordan’s program for phasing out the use of CFCs, aimed at disposing 1500 tons of the harmful substance, was achieved one year ahead of schedule”, said Ghazi Odat, Director of the Ministry of Environment’s ozone project. Jordan is a signatory to the Montreal Protocol.

Arctic Ozone Hole’s Effect on Food Supplies this Winter

Green Blog

One of the biggest indicators of climate change are ozone holes, zones where the ozone that forms the protective layer of Earth’s atmosphere are too thin to be protective anymore. The reactions that convert less reactive chemicals into ozone-destroying ones take place in the polar vortex. The journal nature has confirmed that conditions this year have created the ozone hole in the North Pole. This creates reactions that are the cause of ozone breakdown.

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I wonder if someone will say the same thing 100 years from now?

Environmental Economics

From Science: Since it was discovered in 1985, the Antarctic ozone hole has been a potent symbol of humankind’s ability to cause unintended environmental harm. But now comes a glimmer of good news: The void in the ozone layer is shrinking. “It’s Although the hole will not close completely until midcentury at the earliest, the healing is reassuring to scientists who pushed for the Montreal Protocol.

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New Carbon Market Rules for Destroying Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Open the Door for Major Climate Benefits

Green (Living) Review

Washington, DC, February 2010 – Billions of tons of ozone-destroying and climate-warming chemicals currently contained in unwanted stockpiles and discarded equipment will leak into the atmosphere if not recovered and destroyed. But new rules on ozone-depleting substance destruction adopted by a carbon market offset registry, the Climate Action Reserve, could jumpstart new projects in both the U.S.

World's Most Successful Environmental Treaty Turns 25

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The treaty is the Montreal Protocol and its success has avoided one of the most severe global environmental threats the world has ever faced—the destruction of the stratospheric ozone by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). “The Montreal Protocol has phased out nearly 100 kinds of CFCs and related fluorinated gases by 98%, an astonishing record by any measure,” stated Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development.

Nitrous Oxide New Leader In Ozone Depletion

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Their study revolved around ozone-depleting compounds, particularly nitrous oxide. The ozone was once a highly debated global concern that created the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol, which came to be in 1987, limited ozone-depleting compounds. The researchers found that nitrous oxide is becoming the leading man-made reason for ozone loss. However, the agreement enabled the ozone to slowly recover.

Study Links Ozone Hole to Climate Change

Green (Living) Review

While previous work has shown that the ozone hole is changing the atmospheric flow in the high latitudes, the Columbia Engineering paper, “Impact of Polar Ozone Depletion on Subtropical Precipitation,” demonstrates that the ozone hole is able to influence the tropical circulation and increase rainfall at low latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere. The ozone hole is a big player in the climate system!"

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‘Super’ Greenhouse Gases Targeted by India and US Task Force

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HFCs are chemicals are potential substitutes for ozone-depleting and climate-warming CFCs and HCFCs currently being phased out under the Montreal Protocol treaty to protect the ozone layer. Although they don’t harm the ozone layer, HFCs are powerful climate warming gases and their emissions are expected to rise sharply over the next few decades without aggressive action, significantly contributing to climate change.

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THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY RECOGNIZES VELDERS, ANDERSEN, DANIEL, FAHEY & MCFARLAND FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

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The scientists were recognized for their landmark paper: “The Importance of the Montreal Protocol in Protecting Climate,” which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(12):4814-4819 (2007). This paper also earned the 2007 United Nations Environment Programme Award for the “Best New Paper on a Montreal Protocol Related Topic: Science Category.” “The Parties to the Montreal Protocol have taken another step in sustaining the Earth.”

Living as a Strawberry Farmer in California- Not a Happy Summer

Celsias

The traditionally used pesticide, methyl bromide, has been proven to delete the ozone layer, which called for international requirement by the Montreal Protocol to begin phasing it out. The strawberry farmers of California are currently stuck in a very difficult spot. The scientists are in an uproar, the workers in the fields are irate, the families living near the fields are terrified and the farmers are stuck while the population demands strawberries as much as ever.

Cancun Climate Talks Conclude on Positive Note

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Climate Talks Conclude on Positive Note, Lessons of Ozone Treaty Help Overcome Obstacles Cancun, Mexico , December 11, 2010 – The UN climate talks in Cancun concluded early Saturday morning with countries reaching consensus on several key points that will now serve as the foundation for negotiations next year in Durban , South Africa on the legally binding architecture for controlling climate change. Ninety one countries support using the Montreal Protocol to cut the use of HFCs.

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Daily Demand and Supply: I'm all for environmental regulations until my AC stops working and I need Freon

Environmental Economics

In 1987, the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to address atmospheric ozone depletion, established timelines for the phasing out of Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) and Hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs).  still estimated to be in the tens of millions of pounds per year, many R-22 users will need to transition to an ozone-safe alternative, like ICOR’s NU-22B®, to service legacy R-22 systems.”. Damned ozone layer

Study: Despite Ban, CFCs May Still Be In Use

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The Montreal Protocol was an agreement by governments across the globe to phase out and eventually ban the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). CFCs were known to be a major factor in the thinning ozone layer. Scientists believe that the presence of such CFCs is causing the ozone to not heal as quickly as estimated prior. CFCs were commonly found in aerosol propellants, refrigerants, air conditioning and fire extinguishers, amongst other products.

Big, Fast, Cheap Climate Opportunity Within Reach

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IGSD Testifies Before European Parliament on Climate Mitigation Potential of Ozone Treaty, Benefits of Reducing Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone Brussels, Belgium, March 2011 – The world has a significant climate opportunity within its grasp that can bring fast results at low-cost, according to IGSD President, Durwood Zaelke, who yesterday addressed the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Switching Car Coolants Provides Fast Climate Benefits for US, World

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Administration reduce HFCs using both the Montreal Protocol and the Clean Air Act. The US, along with Canada and Mexico, has proposed phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. The last coolant switch was done by US car makers in three years (1990-1994), and protected both the stratospheric ozone layer and the climate system,” said Zaelke.

Ozone Treaty Lauded for Climate Protection

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Washington, DC – After almost 23 years in existence, the Montreal Protocol treaty is increasingly recognized for its success in saving the ozone layer – and in providing critical protection for the climate system. The Montreal Protocol was named as one of the five most effective pieces of environmental law, delivering a “one-two punch” for ozone and climate protection.

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The Price of Staying Cool

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CFCs are not the threat to the ozone layer that they once were, due to the 1987 treaty called the Montreal Protocol. While their impact on the ozone layer is minimized, HFCs have the potential to be a major player in global warming. Life is full of choices. One of the most dangerous choices may involve something you may take for granted. When the temperatures soar , switch on the air conditioning for a little relief.

Record Ozone Depletion In Arctic This Year

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In 1987, the Montreal Protocol aimed for eliminating the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) due to the destruction the chemicals were causing to the environment and ozone layer. Ozone loss, often in the form of ozone holes, have become common occurrences. In Antarctica, ozone holes occur each year. The same cannot be said for the Arctic, where the presence of ozone depletion varies.

Antarctic Ozone Hole May Be On Way To Recovery

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In 1987 the Montreal Protocol began the phasing out of substances which are harmful to the planet’s ozone. When CFCs are exposed to ultraviolet radiation they subsequently cause the release of chlorine atoms which work to destroy ozone molecules. Ozone holes, which are areas with substantially low numbers of ozone, have become common knowledge on this planet. Increased UV radiation from the lowered ozone also can lead to troubles with crop production.

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Non-CO2 Pollutants Are Promising Target in Cancun, Could Delay Warming by Several Decades

Green (Living) Review

Among the non-CO 2 pollutants are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane, tropospheric ozone, and black carbon soot. Reducing tropospheric ozone can improve public health as well as agricultural productivity. Micronesia submitted a proposal last year to address these very climate warmers – black carbon, methane, and tropospheric ozone – under the UN climate treaty.

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Environmental Impacts of Air Pollution

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Similarly, plants in Great Smoky Mountains National Park suffer of leaf injuries due to the increased levels of ground-level ozone (a human-made pollutant). Ozone depletion. Ozone depletion. Ozone naturally occurs in the upper atmosphere, where it acts as a shield that helps to protect the earth from the sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays. Unfortunately, some of human-made chemicals have greatly damaged the ozone layer throughout the last century.

Fitting the Bill

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The Montreal Protocol (on substances that deplete the ozone layer) is an example of how cooperation can lead to environmental legislation in the face of strong opposition from vested interests, with the ozone layer on course to recover by 2050. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) believes that cross-party political consensus is vital if we are to address the environmental challenge effectively.

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Does Your Aerosol Deodorant Really Affect Climate Change?

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That spray-on hair product was once the object of revulsion because it used chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) – associated with effects on the ozone layer. Since the Montreal Protocol in 1989, most aerosol products use propane, n-butane, isobutane, dimethyl ether, or methyl ethyl ether. Have you seen the advertisement with the couple who are discussing doing their part for the environment?

5 of the Greenest Cities in the World to Visit

The Green Changemakers

Montreal, Quebec, Canada From the Montreal Protocol (regulating emissions damaging to the ozone layer) to the recently implemented Bixi public bike sharing project, Montreal beckons with green initiative. by Christine Lepisto Image: Flickr, StuSeeger What is it that gives a city title to the claim of "greenest?" How would you like to visit a city with no fossil-fueled cars allowed? How about the best city for bicyclists?

A brief history of climate change

The Green Changemakers

1987 - human population reaches five billion 1987 - Montreal Protocol agreed, restricting chemicals that damage the ozone layer. As the UN climate summit in Copenhagen approaches, BBC News environment correspondent Richard Black traces key milestones, scientific discoveries, technical innovations and political action.

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Addressing Environmental Challenges Today – Core Principles for a Time of Change

Conservancy Talk

The United States has been a leader in forging international agreements, as President Reagan led the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer and President Obama led the Paris Agreement on climate change. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. A new American President took office this weekend, and political passions are running high.

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