Kigali Amendment Hits Milestone 100th Ratification, Boosting Climate Action

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to cut the use of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), has reached a major milestone, with Liberia becoming the 100th nation to ratify the Amendment, providing a welcome boost to global climate action. The Amendment targets a massive reduction in the use …

Arctic Ozone Depletion Reached Record Level

Depletion of the ozone layer, ­the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation, reached an unprecedented level over large parts of the Arctic this spring. This phenomenon was caused by the continuing presence of ozone­-depleting substances in the atmosphere and a very cold winter in the …

Arctic Ozone Depletion Tracks at Record Levels

Depletion of the ozone layer, ­ the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation, ­is at an unprecedented  level over large parts of the Arctic this spring. This phenomenon is caused by the continuing presence of ozone­-depleting substances in the atmosphere and a very cold …

European Union Continues to Phase-Down Its Use of Climate-Warming Fluorinated Gases

The EEA report ‘Fluorinated greenhouse gases 2019’ assesses the data reported in 2019 by European companies on the production, import, export, destruction and feedstock use of F-gases until 2018. It looks at the progress made under both the ongoing EU-wide phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and the global HFC phase-down, which …

New Standards for Air Conditioners and Refrigerators Set to Tackle Climate Change

Growing demand for air conditioning units and refrigerators is threatening to accelerate global warming, but new guidelines could help reduce emissions by setting clear performance standards for new appliances. The new model guidelines for room air conditioners and refrigerators provide a  tool for developing and emerging economies on laws and …

Ozone Layer Finally Healing After Damage Caused by Aerosols, UN Says

The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows. The measures taken to repair the damage will also have an important beneficial effect on climate change, as some of the gases that caused the ozone layer …