Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ozone layer recovery to take 40 years: World Meteorological Organization #p2 #tcot

Total ozone maps for 16 September 2010, 2011, and 2012 based on data from GOME-2 on board the MetOp-A satellite. The data are processed and mapped at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Contact: Clare Nullis, Press Officer, WMO, Tel +41 (0)22 730 8478 
Michael Williams, Chief, Communications and Public Affairs. Tel: +41 (0)22 730 8315

GENEVA, 14 September 2012 (WMO) – An international agreement to phase out chemicals which attack the Earth's vital ozone shield celebrates its 25th anniversary as a showcase for successful global environmental cooperation, "protecting our atmosphere for generations to come."

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which was signed 16 September 1987, has prevented the destruction of the ozone layer which protects Earth from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.   

"With the global phase-out of 98 per cent of ozone-depleting gases in consumer, industrial and agricultural products, the ozone layer is now on track to recover over the next five decades," said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"Millions of cases of skin cancer and eye cataracts, as well as the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation on the environment, have already been avoided. The Protocol has also catalyzed considerable innovation in the chemical and equipment manufacturing industry, resulting in more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly refrigeration systems," said Ban Ki-moon in a message to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

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