Ozone Layer showing Signs of Recovery: U.N.

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  • Assessments according to scientists shows that the Ozone layer will be recovered in the coming decades which is because of concerted international action against ozone depleting substances
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) carried a study along with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), without the Montreal Protocol and associated agreements atmospheric levels of ozone depleting substances could have increased tenfold by 2050
  • There have in fact been decreases in atmospheric abundance of gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons, which are used in refrigerators, spray cans, insulation foam and fire suppression. The full report will be issued in early 2015
  • 282 scientists from 36 countries have examined the Ozone depletion and the Montreal Protocol, which was adopted in 1987 with the aim of reducing ozone depleting substances, has been successful in reducing these emissions by more than 90%
  • By this protocol more than 2 million annual cases of skin cancer by 2030, averted damage to human eyes and immune systems, and protected wildlife and agriculture
  • The challenge that we are facing is still huge The Montreal Protocol community, with its tangible achievements, is in a position to provide strong evidence that global cooperation and concerted action are the key ingredients to secure the protection of our global commons,” said U.N. Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said