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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6, DECEMBER 1988
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE U.K.
Indications of an increased commitment to
deal with ozone depletion have occurred recently in Britain, starting with the
release of the second report of the Stratospheric Ozone Group, established in
1985 to advise the government. In a sharp departure from its 1987 report, the
group urges an immediate 85 percent reduction in CFC emissions, more than
currently required by the Montreal protocol, and eventual complete elimination.
Similar recommendations based on the report were made by the Lords Select
Committee on European Communities and Minister of the Environment Lord
Caithness. It further calls for Britain to establish a specific, coordinated
research program on stratospheric ozone with greater financial support, and
improved research cooperation with other European countries. The report's
message received a boost in October 1988 from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
who urged action against ozone depletion, greenhouse warming and acid
deposition. During 1988, manufacturers of most British aerosol products agreed
to phase out their use of CFCs by the end of 1989, a move that has already
occurred in many other countries. The review group's report Stratospheric
Ozone 1988 is available for £9.50 from Her Majesty's Stationery Office,
POB 276, London SW8 5DT.
"Methane Highlighted in Ozone Review," Chemistry &
Industry, p. 634, Oct. 17, 1988. Sources of methane, which is also involved
in ozone destruction, are discussed.
"A Hole in British Ozone Research," F. Pearce, New Scientist,
p. 16, Oct. 8. The laser heterodyne radiometer developed by the National
Physical Laboratory could measure stratospheric gases in a proposed European
"Lords Urge Strict Measures for CFCs," C. McGourty, Nature,
p. 459, Aug. 11.
"U.K. Environment Minister Says Cuts...Should Occur Sooner," BNA
Internat. Environ. Reporter, p. 601, Nov. 9.
"Britain Dons White Hat in CFC Fight," C.P. Shea, Worldwatch
(Worldwatch Inst., Washington, D.C.), pp. 5-6, Sep.-Oct. Gives details of
the voluntary phaseout of CFCs in aerosols and related items.
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