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.

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.

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? Commissariat Point, South Australia, Australia. Image credit: Georgie Sharp/Flicker through a Creative Commons license.

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.

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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. He co-chaired the every-four-years ozone assessment by 300 scientists, released at the United Nations.

Environmental Impacts of Air Pollution

Greentumble

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. Further reading: The Most Harmful Effects of Ozone Depletion.

If We Fail Our Environment, We Fail Our Human Rights

Celsias

“It has come together to address ozone depletion, the loss We continue to fail to protect and conserve our environment in many respects, often with dire consequences for the enjoyment of human rights, despite great progress in some areas,” today warned a group of United Nations independent experts on the occasion of Earth Day 2013.

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. While the December 2008 seems a long way off, manufacturers and pharmacies have already started phasing out the older, ozone-depleting models.

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. Well finally some good news confirmed by NASA.

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

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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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.

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Arctic Ozone Layer Destruction Reaches Unprecedented Level

Celsias

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

Celsias

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.

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%

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

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?

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. 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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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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Danger zone: Earth crosses four planetary boundaries

Green Blog

Four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a result of human activity, says an international team of 18 researchers in the January 16 issue of the journal Science.

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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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.

‘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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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).

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.

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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.

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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.

Preparing for Societal Collapse from Environmental Breakdown

Green Prophet

In a post-apocalyptic world, you must be prepared to face everything – even bands of cannibal?

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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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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. 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.

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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.

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.

Summary of Climate change

The Green Changemakers

Book review from Benjamin “Climate Change is an issue of intergenerational justice. If we know how our actions affect our planet, it would be criminal to keep acting like we are now, knowing that it jeopardizes future generations.”Greenhouse

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NO! NO! NO!

Eco_Living

He said "There's so much fuel burning here I can feel holes opening in the ozone layer above us!" You would have thought that most journos would have sorted out the difference between climate change and ozone depletion by now, but apparently not. Tags: rant ozone layer hole climate change bbc BBC Radio 4 yesterday had some reporter doing his outside broadcast from a truck fest to jazz up a story that truckers are the people being hardest hit by the recession.