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Item #d96may74

CFCs confirmed: A new study based on satellite observations claims to show beyond a reasonable doubt that anthropogenic CFCs dominate ozone depletion in the lower stratosphere. (See Russell paper, Prof. Pubs./Gen. Interest, this Digest issue--May 1996.)

Item #d96may75

Antarctic ice stability is the subject of several papers listed in Prof. Pubs./Earth System Science, this issue. The paper by Vaughan and Doake of the British Antarctic Survey describes a 50-year trend of retreating ice shelves in some regions of the Antarctic. They and other scientists discuss the implications of their findings in "Ice Shelves Melting as Forecast, but Disaster Script Is in Doubt" (The New York Times, p. C4, Jan. 30, 1996).

Item #d96may76

CFC destruction: Yale researchers have discovered a process which could lead to a very cheap and easy way to destroy CFCs. (See Burdeniuc paper in Prof. Pubs./Ozone Depletion/CFCs, this Digest issue--May 1996.) If a commercial process can be developed, it would increase the incentive for industries and developing countries to destroy CFCs banned under the Montreal Protocol, rather than releasing them to the atmosphere. It could also hasten the phaseout of CFCs, and provide a method for destroying contaminated CFCs that cannot be recycled. See (all 1996): New Scientist, p. 24, Jan. 27; Science News, p. 36, Jan. 20; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 106-107, Feb. 7.

Item #d96may77

Coral Beaching: Correspondence to Nature (p. 396, Apr. 4, 1996) reports data demonstrating for the first time that coral bleaching is caused by a bacterial infection; seawater temperature is a contributing factor.

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