To celebrate World Ozone Day, our Climate Campaigner, Sophie Geoghegan, discusses the success of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the ozone layer by phasing out ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as remaining challenges including shifting to climate-friendly cooling and phasing down production of HFC
Blue Planet II offered a much-needed reminder of our powerful connections to the ocean. The sea provides us with oxygen and food vital for human life, acts as an enormous carbon sink and generates income for billions around the world. Yet our relationship with the ocean is, for the most part, one-sided and exploitative
We released a report quizzing Europe’s supermarkets on the climate impacts of their refrigeration. Supermarket refrigeration has taken a significant toll on the climate and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the greenhouse gases widely used in cooling systems, are a big part of the problem
The first post-Paris climate conference promised to make headway on devising a means to implement the Paris Agreement. Hopes were high for these talks to make progress but just into the first week both delegates and observers were sideswiped by arch-climate sceptic Donald Trump winning the US presidency.
Expectations are high that an HFC amendment could be finalised and adopted during the Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol in October in Kigali, Rwanda, after countries successfully reached solutions on difficult aspects, such as finance, in the first two days of the Vienna meetings