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FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 7, JULY 1997
METHYL BROMIDE AND THE PROTOCOL
At a June 1997 meeting of experts
in Nairobi, no significant progress was made on how to handle methyl bromide
under the Montreal Protocol. Developed countries are still split on the issue
with developing countries, who account for 18 percent of world consumption,
mainly as a soil fumigant for high-value export crops. (See Intl. Environ.
Rptr., pp. 605-606, June 25.) Researchers at the University of
California-Riverside have found methyl iodide to be an ozone-safe, effective
substitute, but the jury is still out on toxic information and environmental
fate of the substitute. (See Environ. Health Perspectives, p. 23, Jan.
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