February 28, 2007
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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 2, FEBRUARY 1996
"Saving the Ozone
Layer Faster," K.R. Gurney, Technology Review, pp. 58-59, Jan.
Complacency and celebration over reducing chemicals that deplete
stratospheric ozone are premature. Ozone loss is likely to accelerate before the
shield begins to regenerate, and unanticipated events like volcanic eruptions or
abnormally cold weather could trigger sudden ozone losses over the poles and
populated areas. Suggests policy measures that, if adopted, would reduce the
time to repair the ozone layer from 60 to 35 years.
J.S. Wager, Nucleus, pp. 1-3, 12, Winter 1995-1996. Available from Union
of Concerned Scientists, 2 Brattle Sq., Cambridge MA 02238.
Reviews the atmospheric processes that cause destruction of the
stratospheric ozone layer and the time needed for recovery since the Montreal
Protocol. Despite wide scientific consensus regarding the issue, some members of
Congress are readily listening to skeptics. Explains the "Sound Science
Initiative" of the Union of Concerned Scientists, with its goal of ensuring
that the public, policy makers, legislators and the media hear the truth about
Consequences," C. Zimmer, Discover, pp. 32-33, Mar. 1995.
By patching the ozone hole, we're saving the world from too much UV light,
but we may also be making the world warmer.
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