Halocarbons and Stratospheric Ozone — a Warning from Antarctica
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The depletion of the ozone layer has been the outcome of an avenue of development along which society had been hurrying so rapidly that it had overlooked indications of a ‘Dead End’ around the corner. It seems that by good fortune rather than good judgement, an ‘End’ may now be in sight, with no o’ne dead or harmed. The agreement reached by ministers in Brussels in March of 1989, accepting the need to phase out completely the production of those CFCs and halons listed in the Montreal Protocol, shows that the seriousness of the situation has at last been recognised. It is encouraging, since in many ways the threat to the ozone layer can be regarded as a test case. If the world lacked the will to tackle what is essentially a simple technical problem, there would be little hope of its solving the more complex environmental and development problems which we are facing.
KeywordsHalogen Atom Ozone Layer Stratospheric Ozone Hydrogen Fluoride Middle Atmosphere
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© Editorial matter and selection © D.J.R. Angell, J.D. Comer, M.L.N. Wilkinson 1990; Foreword © Gro Harlem Brundtland 1990; Endangered Earth © Sir Shridath S. Ramphal 1990; Threatened Islands © Richard Grove 1990; The Changing Climate and Problems of Prediction © Stephen H. Schneider 1990; Acid Precipitation © Matthew Wilkinson and Sarah Woodin 1990; reforestation © Ghillean T. Prance 1990; Agricultural Pollution © Jules N. Pretty 1990; Halocarbons and Stratospheric Ozone © J.C. Farman 1990; Changes in Perception © Martin Holdgate 1990; Religion and the Environment © David Gosling 1990; Industry and the Environment © Chris Hampson 1990; OECD Nations and Sustainable Development © Charles Caccia 1990; Common Future — Common Challenge © Christopher Patten 1990; Environmental Advance and the European Community © Stanley Clinton Davis 1990; The United Nations System and Sustainable Development © Javier Perez de Cuellar 1990; Diplomacy and Sustainable Development © Sir Crispin Tickell 1990; Interpreting the Signals © Sir Arthur Norman 1990; Sustainable Development © Jim MacNeill 1990.