The Earth’s ozone layer that protects us from the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun is expected to recover over the next few decades, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have said.
Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge.
The 1987 Montreal Protocol introduced a ban on ozone depleting chemicals, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), often used in refrigerators and spray cans – which could have caused 2 million cases of skin cancer annually by 2030 if not phased out, according to the UN.
The measure was called for after a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctic was detected in 1985, triggering fears that it could cause an increase in human cancer and also affect the environment.
However, the UN organisations have now claimed that the ozone layer is on track to recover by 2050.
UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said, “There are positive indications that the ozone layer is on track to recovery towards the middle of the century. The Montreal Protocol – one of the world’s most successful environmental treaties – has protected the stratospheric ozone layer and avoided enhanced UV radiation reaching the earth’s surface.”
He said that the same level of effort should be put into tackling dangerous effects of climate change.
Steiner added, “On September 23, the UN secretary general will host heads of state in New York in an effort to catalyse global action on climate. 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.”
WMO secretary-general Michel Jarraud said the progress made was a “major environmental success story”.
“This should encourage us to display the same level of urgency and unity to tackle the even greater challenge of climate change. This latest assessment provides solid science to policymakers about the intricate relationship between ozone and climate and the need for mutually-supportive measures to protect life on earth for future generations.”
Despite the improvement in restoring the ozone layer, scientists have recently announced that they have found seven new manmade gases, which they say are contributing to thinning the layer, although not in a significant way.
Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via flickr
Like our Facebook Page
Key Things to Remember When Building a Sustainable Home
4 Tips to Achieve Eco-friendly Business Operations
Are Vegan Shoes A Sustainable Option?
How to Be More Eco-Conscious In Your Everyday Life
Tips To Become More Sustainable At Home
Modern Log Cabins: Sustainability and Aesthetics
The Basics of Starting a Eco-Friendly DIY Project
Importance of Shore Hardness for Sustainable Hobbyists
Green Healthcare Practice Patient Data Compliance Guidelines
Guidance on Trading Bitcoin as an Eco-Friendly Investor
Why Making Your Business Sustainable Is More Important Than Ever
The Most Popular Environment-Friendly Flooring Options
Investing in the Ethical and Eco-friendly Has Never Been Easier
A Guide Transitioning to Safer and Environmentally-Friendly Chemicals
Role of HR in Sustainable Businesses
The Environmental Impact of Bitcoin Replacing Fiat Currencies
Tips To Make Air Conditioning Eco-Friendly
9 Zero Waste Gift Ideas For An Eco-Friendly 2021 Holiday
5 Reasons For Your Business To Go Green (Beyond Helping The Planet)
Tips After Buying an Electric Scooter to Lower Your Carbon Footprint
- Features10 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy10 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features9 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Invest12 months ago
The Eco-Friendly Evolution of Bitcoin Over the Years