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Europe to ban CFCs by 2000.

Europe to ban CFCs by 2000

Moved by alarming scientific reports about threats to the Earth's protective ozone, 12 European nations agreed last week to halt all production and use of certain ozone-destroying chemicals by the end of the century. This agreement goes far beyond the provisions of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty that will cut in half the use of these chemicals, called chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs (SN: 9/26/87, p.196).

A day after the European announcement, President Bush said he would support a total phaseout of CFCs by 2000, but he pledged to do this by strengthening the provisions of the existing protocol, so far ratified by more than 30 nations. Later this year, negotiators will meet to discuss revising the protocol in light of recent work linking CFCs to the Antarctic ozone hole and showing these chemicals threaten Arctic ozone as well (SN: 2/25/89, p.116). Scientists say the new findings mean the present protocol is too weak to prevent significant ozone loss.

This week, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher convened representatives of 124 nations in London in hopes of winning support for greater ozone protection, especially among developing countries with increasing demands for CFCs -- chemicals used in aerosol cans, refrigeration, foam blowing and cleaning circuit boards.
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Date:Mar 11, 1989
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