Adams celebrates ozone success
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 1:48p.m.
The Government is praising 25 years of global action that is fixing the ozone hole.
Environment Minister Amy Adams said the ozone layer was now on track to full recovery within this century, thanks to the Montreal Protocol, which phased out the production and use of ozone-depleting chemicals.
"New Zealand is proud of its role at the forefront of action to phase out ozone-depleting substances. We were one of the countries pushing for a strong agreement on this issue, and we signed the Montreal Protocol on the first day it opened for signature on September 16, 1987."
A good example was the Government-accredited Refrigerant Recovery Trust scheme, which had collected and disposed of 47 tonnes of refrigerants since 2010. This represented a saving of 63,000 tonnes of ozone, Ms Adams said.
"We are on track to completely phase out imports of hydrochlorofluorocarbons - the final ozone-depleting substances under the protocol requiring action by New Zealand - by 2015, well in advance of the international deadline of 2030."
She said the Government was committed to working on other important international environmental issues, such as climate change, fossil-fuel subsidy reform and the conservation of the oceans.
Ms Adams will host an event at Parliament on Tuesday with scientists, industry leaders, non-government organisations and the diplomatic community to celebrate the anniversary.
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17/09/2012 10:08:08 p.m.
allan jefferies wrote:
At least 9 years of it was when Labour was in power,but the past 3.3/4 years the layer has been the results of National bullshit,and they take the pride in the announcement.Must be a better way to spend our taxes.
17/09/2012 5:55:40 a.m.
Well the UN did bring us Y2K and other similar groundbreaking bullshit.The model used for man-made global warming still has a 40% WTF factor. So if take man-made carbon contribution vs natures, then put in in the carbon cycle model, and notice that model has that 40% WTF factor, thats errors on errors on errors - so the UN IPCC has its 2500 strong committee, of which roughly 300 are science background and roughly 2200 are political appointees.Its never about the science when dealing with the UN.
16/09/2012 11:27:45 p.m.
common sense wrote:
What Ive always wanted to know is why the hole is in the southern hemisphere seeing as most man made CFCs are released in the northern hemisphere. It couldnt be that mt erebus is the single biggist emitter of chlorine on the planet. How active is it at the moment?
16/09/2012 6:19:54 p.m.
CFCs can get up into the atmosphere the same way that dust, CO2 or other heavier than air particles do. They get carried up by wind and air currents. CFC 11 and 12 are two of the most common and they are both insoluble in water so cannot be 'rained out' like other impurities can. Whether CFCs in fact have the claimed effect on ozone is another matter.. I have seen enough evidence to cast considerable doubt on any UN-promoted atmospheric research.
16/09/2012 5:21:03 p.m.
What a load of bollocks. This govt couldn't give a stuff about the environment, and here they are trying to take credit for something for which they would have had - at best - a minute effect. AND they are holding a celebration at Parliament, no less! What a farce.
16/09/2012 2:58:57 p.m.
Can the government tell me how these hydrochlorofluorocarbons actually get to the ozone layer. I thought they were heavier than normal air just like the chlorine gas used in World War One.I guess the gas gets to the ozone layer on the hot air comming out of the mouths of politicians and scientists.I wish I had a degree in using smoke and mirrors, so I could be like them. Unfortunately, I was bought up to be honest.
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