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. Not a panacea: HCFCs also damage the ozone.

Record Ozone Depletion In Arctic This Year

Eco Friendly Daily

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.


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Nitrous Oxide New Leader In Ozone Depletion

Eco Friendly Daily

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.

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.

Debate: What Good Are Planetary Boundaries?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Does Earth have limits — limits to how far we can push its natural systems and deplete its resources, beyond which we will incur major blowback? in Nature (“ A safe operating space for humanity “) that first broached numerical thresholds for nine “planetary boundaries” — categories of human-nature interaction ranging from climate change to land system change, rate of biodiversity loss to ozone depletion.

Inequality between rich and poor nations helps fuel a climate of mistrust and sabotages efforts to secure a climate deal

Green Blog

For developed nations the more global environmental issues such as climate change, ozone depletion and habitat loss are higher up on their priority list. The ozone layer crisis during the 1980’s is a good example of how the world can come together to combat global environmental issues. In the end the North agreed to give financial aid to the developing nations so that they could afford to take proper actions and protect the ozone layer. Photo credit:

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Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

Green (Living) Review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth''s protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. For the first time in 35 years, scientists were able to confirm a statistically significant and sustained increase in stratospheric ozone, which shields the planet from solar radiation that causes skin cancer, crop damage and other problems. green living ozone layer

Environmental Impacts of Air Pollution


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. The excessive algae growth is dangerous for other aquatic organisms, because once the algae die, their decomposition depletes oxygen from water. Ozone depletion. Unfortunately, some of human-made chemicals have greatly damaged the ozone layer throughout the last century.

Massive Hole in Arctic Ozone Layer

Sustainability Ninja

A recent study released by NASA has shown a massive loss of the protective ozone layer above the Arctic last winter and spring. The loss of the ozone in that region is caused by an unusually prolonged period of extremely low temperatures in the stratosphere. The study, published online today in the journal Nature, discovered that the loss of ozone in the Arctic this year was comparable to the one in the Antarctic. Eco News arctic ozone loss

Atmospheric Ozone Recovering In Mid-latitudes, Report Shows

Eco Friendly Daily

The Ozone is recovering, if anything this is a confirmation that human beings can and do affect the environment and that if we want to make a difference we can. Researchers attribute the improvement to both a reduction in ozone-depleting chemicals phased out by the global Montreal Protocol treaty and its amendments and to changes in atmospheric transport dynamics. Well finally some good news confirmed by NASA.

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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Understanding Organic Mattress Labels

Green Prophet

The nonprofit certifies that manufacturers have made these mattresses without ozone depleters, specific flame retardants, formaldehyde, heavy metals, and particular phthalates. . Is it bamboo, cotton, sustainably harvested, organically grown?

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.

Atmospheric Ozone Recovering In Mid-latitudes, Report Shows

Eco Friendly Daily

The Ozone is recovering, if anything this is a confirmation that human beings can and do affect the environment and that if we want to make a difference we can. Researchers attribute the improvement to both a reduction in ozone-depleting chemicals phased out by the global Montreal Protocol treaty and its amendments and to changes in atmospheric transport dynamics. Well finally some good news confirmed by NASA.

Arctic Ozone Layer Destruction Reaches Unprecedented Level


In December 2010 NIWA announced the Antarctic ozone hole was the smallest it had been in the past five years. Now comes news from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) that the depletion of the ozone layer has reached what the WMO describes as an “unprecedented level” between December 2010 to March 2011, thanks to the ongoing presence of ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere.

Arctic Ozone Levels Reach All-Time Low


In the past, massive ozone loss over Antarctica has grabbed the headlines. But this year, measurements by several different sources show record levels of stratospheric ozone loss over the Arctic. Scientists say the main reason for the record ozone loss this year is that unusually cold stratospheric temperatures, which have endured later into the season than usual.

Iran’s Ancient Ice Houses Showcases Sustainable Refrigeration

Green Prophet

Not only do they require a great deal of energy to stay cool, but they also rely on ozone-depleting chloro-fluorocarbons (CFCs) , or freon (though some countries have phased these out.). Refrigeration is perhaps one of the greatest inventions of modern man, but it has come at a price. As an increasing number of people walk away from the grid and seek more sustainable lifestyles, keeping food cool and having ice for summer beverages remains one of the most significant challenges.

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Green (Living) Review

In the paper, the research team synthesized stratospheric ozone and climate science to show that past actions under the Montreal Protocol had dramatically protected climate by leading to reduced atmospheric amounts of ozone-depleting substances, compounds which are also greenhouse gases that warm climate. IGSD WASHINGTON D.C. March 2009 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Dr. Stephen O.

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).  said the annual allowances have decreased faster than the market demand for R-22, which has depleted inventory across the supply chain. Damned ozone layer

Most biofuels better than oil for greenhouse gases, worse or similar eco-impact otherwise, study finds

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It once again took a study to find out the obvious, it would seem.

Environmental Crime: Who is Offending? Who is Watching?

Green Home Blog

Smuggling outlawed materials such as ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances). Environmental Crime: Who is Offending? Who is Watching? It seems as though every few years an environmental crime makes the headlines. From oil spills to chemical plant mishaps the enormity of such an event can be staggering. Who are the top environmental crime offenders and who is watching over their shoulder? What is an Environmental Crime?

Why Boxed Water is Really Better than Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles

Green Prophet

Compared to aluminum (which is mined from Bauxite), Boxed Water is 50% lower impact on ozone depletion and smog emissions from smelting, and 33% lower impact on acidification due to deforestation. Is boxed water better?

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What’s Wrong With Styrofoam?

Green Home Blog

Ozone Impact. This practice was discontinued in the 1980s after the discovery of CFCs’ destructive effect on the ozone layer. HCFCs have 1-10% of the ozone depletion potential of CFCs, so while less destructive they are still actively depleting the ozone layer. Tagged: biodegradable , Hazardous Chemicals , Ozone , plastic free , polystyrene ban , Recycling , styrofoam hazards. What’s Wrong With Styrofoam?

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Over Polluted Qatar Hosts UN Climate Conference

Green Prophet

According to a report entitled Indicators of Sustainable Development 2011 released by Qatar’s statistics’ authority, the state has experienced a 27% annual increase in ozone-depleting substances, 9.3% This month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) will be hosted by Qatar, the tiny peninsula nation in the Persian Gulf that holds the world record for per capita CO2 emissions.

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Ozone Treaty Lauded for Climate Protection

Green (Living) Review

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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What’s Wrong With Styrofoam?

Green Home Blog

Ozone Impact. This practice was discontinued in the 1980s after the discovery of CFCs’ destructive effect on the ozone layer. HCFCs have 1-10% of the ozone depletion potential of CFCs, so while less destructive they are still actively depleting the ozone layer. Tagged: biodegradable , Hazardous Chemicals , Ozone , plastic free , polystyrene ban , Recycling , styrofoam hazards. What’s Wrong With Styrofoam?

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What’s The State of The Ozone Layer Today?

Eco Friendly Daily

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. Global warming has also found a connection with the ozone layer.

Is your computer hosting ‘Green’ enough?

Green (Living) Review

Make sure your host’s Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units are non-ozone-depleting.

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

Green (Living) Review

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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Danger zone: Earth crosses four planetary boundaries

Green Blog

Nine planetary boundaries: Climate change Change in biosphere integrity (biodiversity loss and species extinction) Stratospheric ozone depletion Ocean acidification Biogeochemical flows (phosphorus and nitrogen cycles) Land-system change (for example deforestation) Freshwater use Atmospheric aerosol loading (microscopic particles in the atmosphere that affect climate and living organisms) Introduction of novel entities (e.g.

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).

Are Japanese whalers the only “criminals”?

Eco Friendly Daily

They face a number of threats, including climate change, ozone depletion, habitat loss and degradation, chemical, nutrient, and hard waste pollution, fisheries, collisions with ships, capture for aquariums, and harassment by whale watching boats. Depletion of the ozone layer has allowed more ultraviolet radiation to reach the surface of the ocean, where it has killed krill, the major food of baleen whales and the basis of the ocean’s food chain.

There’s Plenty of Room at Hotel California

Sightline Daily

Oregon or Washington could simply adopt some or all five of California’s compliance offset protocols : US forests, urban forests, livestock, ozone depleting substances, and mine methane capture. Compare: Quebec has adopted three offset protocols: livestock manure management, landfill gas capture, and destruction of ozone depleting substances from foam.

Building adaptation achieves 80% reduction in running costs

Green (Living) Review

The material also has an Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of zero and is ideal for external use where moisture resistance, rigidity and strength are key requirements. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Dr Jerry Harrall of SEArch architects describes how simple, low invasive design techniques such as using extruded polystyrene as external insulation transformed the cost of living and quality of life for residents of a 200 year old house in High Wycombe.

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Peak Phosphorus Fuels the World’s Growing Bellyache

Green Prophet

Production will likely peak in our lifetime, and be fully depleted by 2100. It took two decades following the discovery of ozone depletion before the Montreal Protocol was enacted. Researchers are forming alliances such as the Global Phosphorous Research Initiative , championed by Paul Crutzen, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on ozone.

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Coral Bleaching: Precursor of Death or Survival Tactic?

Eco Friendly Daily

Coral bleaching has increased worldwide in the past few decades and has been linked to changes in global temperatures, as increased sea temperatures and ozone depletion result in bleaching; however, new studies have shown that the bleaching may be just a survival tactic and that previous theories of reef extinction were based on the fact that bleaching usually precedes coral death and loss of the reef as well.

Small Island Nation Leads Push for Biggest Climate Opportunity of 2010

Green (Living) Review

C tipping point Geneva, Switzerland, June 2010 – For the fourth year in a row, the small island state of Micronesia (FSM) has taken the lead to combat climate change by fighting to phase down the production and use of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty. Opportunities for progress under the climate negotiations this year are uncertain, but we know the ozone treaty is ready to deliver.

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Preparing for Societal Collapse from Environmental Breakdown

Green Prophet

Doomsday and after-apocalypse movies have been around for some time now, and ever since an after nuclear holocaust Television movie entitled The Day After came out in 1983, which was later followed by a film on global warming and then on ozone depletion: The Fire Next Time in 1993 shows howone can survive in a post-apocalyptic world. In a post-apocalyptic world, you must be prepared to face everything – even bands of cannibal?

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"The Sixth Extinction" or how humanity, perching on tree limb, saws it off

Green Blog

Dutch chemist Paul Crutzen, a Nobel Prize winning scientist who helped discover ozone depleting compounds, developed the term. Since humans evolved from apes and climbed down from the trees we have altered nature through our activity. This is especially so since the rise of capitalism and its ruthless, destructive global exploitation of nature.

4 External Factors Stunting Plant Growth and Why We Should Worry

Eco Friendly Daily

Particulate matter less than 1 micrometer in size scatters the incident light of the sun from the Earth’s surface contributing to the greenhouse effect and Ozone depletion. Ground level Ozone is harmful to plants. Plants take in certain amount of Ozone, but when it crosses the threshold value, ozone becomes toxic for plants. California for instance records high levels of crop damage every year because of ozone. 6CO2 + 6H2O = C6H12O6 + 6O2.

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Non-CO2 Agents Are Key Targets in Climate Change Fight

Green (Living) Review

The Montreal Protocol ozone treaty, with its track record of 20+ years of success in phasing out over 97 percent of almost 100 ozone-depleting substances would be a possible framework for phasing down this potent greenhouse gas. The ozone treaty already possesses the necessary expertise and has a very high chance of being successful, which is the ultimate goal if we hope to avoid climate catastrophe.”

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Paint Your House Green

Green Life Smart Life

Natural Paints – These paints are made from renewable and biodegradable ingredients and usually contain low VOC and contain no ozone-depleting chemicals. So you’re building a green home. You’ve used the right wood, gone through all the proper practices, now you are working your way inside. Determining what materials you use on the inside is just as important as what you build the house with.

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Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Ramez Naam

Conservancy Talk

The same is true with the Ozone Hole and with Acid Rain. New technology lets you grow the resource pie, which is the only way you can get out between that pincer of rising consumption (as we end poverty) and environmental and natural resource depletion. But for environmental issues that are more diffuse – where the harm of environmental depletion happens very far from the source of the damage – I’m not sure it’s going to scale.