International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

September 15, 2020 by  
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Hydroflourocarbons: Super Greenhouse Gas in Your Kitchen & Bathroom

September 17, 2019 by  
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Which Countries Require Venues To Offer Free Drinking Water?

September 17, 2019 by  
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The ozone is finally healing and could be completely repaired by 2060

November 7, 2018 by  
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Finally, some good news about the environment. Earlier this week, the United Nations announced in a report that the ozone layer is on the mend. If the current recovery rate continues, parts of the ozone could be fully repaired by the 2030s. The entire layer — even the highly damaged parts over the North Pole and South Pole — could be completely healed by 2060. The study, Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 , monitors ozone recovery, and it is the latest in a series of reports that the UN releases every four years. This year, it shows that the ozone has been recovering at a steady rate of 1 to 3 percent since 2000 because of the global efforts made to reduce CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals. Related: Levels of ozone-destroying CFCs are mysteriously rising Over the past few decades, humans have done significant damage to the ozone layer, which protects life on Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. But through global agreements like the 1987 Montreal Protocol, we have made huge steps toward healing it. The protocol mandated that countries phase out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting chemicals. The EPA has described it as the most successful environmental global action in history, with 197 countries signing the agreement. “If ozone-depleting substances had continued to increase, we would have seen huge effects. We stopped that,” said Paul Newman, a NASA scientist and co-chairman of the new UN report. Newman added that if we hadn’t made these changes, two-thirds of the ozone layer would have been destroyed by 2065. Scientists have cautioned against claiming victory too soon. Banned CFC emissions are increasing in China , but the Chinese government has promised to fix the problem. Newman said we need to wait until 2060, and let our grandchildren do the celebrating. Still, these recent findings could help contribute to future climate action. In 2019, the Montreal Protocol is set to be enhanced with the Kigali Amendment, which hopes to tackle climate change by targeting greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration. + Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 Via Huffington Post Image via Shutterstock

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Mexico City bans over one million cars as air pollution skyrockets

March 17, 2016 by  
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In the midst of an air pollution crisis, Mexico City just banned over one million cars. Ozone levels rocketed to almost double the standard parameters, so to incentivize people to stop driving, the authorities offered free subway or bus rides. Read the rest of Mexico City bans over one million cars as air pollution skyrockets

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Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

February 18, 2015 by  
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As if global warming isn’t bad enough, scientists have discovered that a new category of uncontrolled chemicals are depleting the ozone layer and affecting the Earth’s climate. Phys.org reports that a new study recently publishing in the journal Nature Geoscience reveals chemicals not controlled by a United Nations treaty, known as ‘very short-lived substances’ (VSLS), are leading to further depletion of the ozone layer. Read the rest of Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CFCs , chemical , climate , Climate Change , dichloromethane , montreal protocol , NOAA , ozone , ozone layer , uncontrolled , university of leeds , vsls

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Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

November 25, 2014 by  
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Have you ever noticed that U.S. gas prices are  cheaper on average in wintertime than summertime? Have you got a pet theory as to why that might be? It turns out it’s not a case of market forces trying to entice hibernating drivers out into the cold to hit the road and burn fossil fuels. Instead, it’s due to the different formulations of summer and winter fuels, with the formula for winter fuel being cheaper, sometimes by as much as 15 cents per gallon at the pump. Read the rest of Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon monoxide , emissions , epa , fossil fuels , fuel prices , gas prices , gasoline , gasoline blends , ozone , summer fuel , winter fuel

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Researchers Take an Up-Close and Personal Look at What Pollution Does to the Body

October 20, 2014 by  
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Air pollution is one of those things that we know is awful for our bodies, but it can be hard to see the actual impact. So even though about 3.7 million people died prematurely from air pollution in 2012 alone, it’s easy to forget day-to-day just how deadly that smoggy air can be. Scientists at the University of Melbourne are studying air pollution, however, and taking a close-up look to show people just how those airborne particles are harming our bodies. Read the rest of Researchers Take an Up-Close and Personal Look at What Pollution Does to the Body Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air pollution health , air pollution policy , environmental pollution , free radicals , lung damage air pollution , nitrogen oxide , nitrogen oxide pollution , ozone , ozone pollution , pollution and respiratory disease , pollution research , smog

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Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year

February 1, 2012 by  
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Think air pollution in the US is just a local problem? Think again – a new study published in the journal Biogeosciences finds that man-made ozone pollution in North America can cause European farmers to lose 1.2 million tons of wheat per year. Ozone pollution , which is partly produced by car exhaust and coal power plants, was already known to damage crops, but the new study demonstrates that ozone produced in the Northern Hemisphere has the ability to affect crop yields in separate continents that are located downwind. The findings prove that air pollution poses a serious threat to food security worldwide, and it reinforces the urgency to develop a binding agreement to curb emissions. Read the rest of Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , coal power , emissions , farming , food security , fossil fuels , greenhouse gases , ozone , Pollution

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EPA OKs First Green Alternatives for Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants

December 16, 2011 by  
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The agency has approved three new hydrocarbons for use in home and small commercial refrigerators as part of its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.

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