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Item #d96oct117

"The Refrigerator Revolution," E. Ayres, H. French, World Watch, pp. 15-21, Oct. 1996. (Contact Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Mass. Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036.)

The Greenfreeze refrigerator, developed in Germany a few years ago, uses a hydrocarbon as a refrigerant and completely avoids the ozone depletion and global warming problems associated with HFCs and HCFCs. It has become popular in several countries but curiously, not in the U.S. This article tells how the technology was developed, and how the story provides a new perspective on reaching future environmental agreements.

Item #d96oct118

"Contraband in the Stratosphere," V. Chase, Environ. Health Perspectives, pp. 1102-1104, Dec. 1995.

Discusses how the phaseout of CFCs has led to a thriving black market in ozone-depleting chemicals. The impact on prices hurts the businesses that have legitimately invested in CFC alternatives.

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