While the date might not have been pinned to your fridge door, it’s probably affected the way the fridge operates. In fact, the discovery of the ozone hole in 1984 and the subsequent introduction of ozone-friendly alternatives in the years that followed did more than just alter the way we cooled our food and our homes
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
Last weekend marked 30 years since the adoption of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, from which the Montreal Protocol was born. Of all the multilateral treaties put before the United Nations, only the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol that have achieved universal ratification
By being part of this march, we will be asking political leaders to put climate on the table by taking ambitious domestic actions and to help drive forward a global deal in Paris at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations this December
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Our Climate Campainger, Natasha Hurley, reports back on the United Nations climate conference in Bonn and the EU Summit on Europe's 2030 climate and energy targets. There is general consensus in the UN that a global deal to eliminate HFCs should be the next step and the EU agreed on three headline targets for 2030.