Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are everywhere: in our cars, refrigerators, air-conditioners and wall insulation. They are also increasingly in our atmosphere, where they are important contributors to climate change. Yet you don’t hear HFCs – aka fluorinated- or F-gases – talked about all that much. Until now, that is
Today is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the theme of which is Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On. Catchy or not, that title does a pretty good job of summing up where we are in terms of addressing global ozone depletion.
As the world warms up around us, climate change is becoming an ever-more topical subject. Newsrooms can’t get enough of it, politicians worry that their legacy will be haunted by it and, as the British winter draws to a close, most people are still up to their knees in it
In advance of the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), our Climate Campaigner, Natasha Hurley, reflects on the challenges that lie ahead and the global action required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
An entire book deserves to be written on how the world’s big chemical companies have cynically sought to undermine the science of climate change with the sole aim of raking in more profit but on World Ozone Day it’s important to focus on the positives and consider why the global ozone regime remains as relevant as ever