October 23, 2016

Climate change deal agreed by 150 countries to cut gases used in fridges

23 October 2016

A deal to reduce greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide has been signed by about 150 countries. The agreement divides countries into three groups with different deadlines to reduce factory-made hydrofluorocarbon gases, which are used in fridges, air-conditioning, some inhalers and insulating foam. The developed nations, including most of Europe and the US,…

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How a saviour of the ozone hole became a climate change villain – and how we’re going to fix it

23 October 2016

Over the weekend, international leaders meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, agreed to a remarkable deal to phase-out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used as refrigerants and propellants. HFCs are potent greenhouse gases. The agreement ended a decade of negotiations under the Montreal Protocol, established in 1987 to protect the ozone layer. Under the new agreement, developed nations will reduce…

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Historic global deal to cut super-pollutant HFC gases

23 October 2016

Historic agreement reached on global deal to cut super-pollutant HFC greenhouse gases   KIGALI: Parties to the Montreal Protocol have adopted an historic global agreement mandating controls on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption and production after eight years of protracted negotiations. The agreement will avoid more than 70 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent HFC emissions. The Kigali Amendment…

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