Scientists said this week that an international ban on ozone-depleting chemicals in 1987 would have already helped avert environmental catastrophe. A. the study It has been found that global temperatures could rise by another 1 degree Celsius in this century without restraint, putting the planet on a dangerous path of climate change.
CFC chemicals were used in refrigerators, hair sprays and styrofoam packaging. But they were found making a hole in the ozone layer that protects the Earth from UV rays. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the decision to outlaw “perhaps the most successful international agreement.”
Although the ban shows that when the world is capable of working together, it is more difficult to reach an agreement on climate change because society has vast fossil fuels.
Science has been heard and acted upon, said Dr. Paul Young, lead researcher at the Lancaster Environment Center. Told the BBC. “But it’s good to hold on to something positive.”
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