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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 4, APRIL 1989
Twenty more countries agreed to sign the Montreal
Protocol at an early March 1989 conference, raising the total number following
the Protocol to over 50. The meeting, organized by Britain to promote the
Protocol and the strengthening of its requirements, was attended by
representatives of 124 other countries. Third world nations, particularly China
and India, objected to the present requirements of the Protocol, arguing that
restrictions placed on developing countries are too severe and that
industrialized countries should provide more assistance for research and
development of substitutes. The United States, Canada and the European Community
are pushing to strengthen the Protocol requirements to the point of nearly
complete elimination of ozone-destroying chemicals by year 2000. There was no
overall agreement on this at the meeting; the USSR expressed the need for more
scientific evidence before such a move. Further consideration of amendments to
the Protocol will be taken up at a meeting in Helsinki in May.
"Plan Calling for CFC Phaseout Divides East Countries From West,"
Air/Water Pollut. Rep., p. 85, Mar. 13, 1989.
"China Attacks `Unfair' Ozone Protocol," New Sci., p. 26,
"London Meeting Wins Some Hearts," Nature, p. 101, Mar. 9.
"The Biggest Greenhouse Still Intact," J. Maddox, ibid.,
p. 111. Argues why progress made at the London conference should not be
construed as the solution to the greenhouse effect.
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