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Stratospheric Ozone and Its Protection

Edward A. Parson

in Protecting the Ozone Layer

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195155495
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833955 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195155491.003.0001
 Stratospheric Ozone and Its Protection

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An introduction is given to the ozone layer issue, and the goals, context, and contributions of the book are described. The three main empirical arguments put forward in the book are summarised; these are threaded throughout the book and are developed in detail in the final chapter. The first argument concerns the factors accounting for the rapid formation of the ozone protection regime between 1986 and 1988 after ten years of deadlock (scientific assessment, institutional support for international negotiations and proposals, and leadership). The second argument concerns the strategy of conducting scientific assessment that allowed the two crucial assessments of 1986 and 1988 to achieve such a decisive influence in contrast with many previous assessments that did not. The third argument concerns the effects of technological options to reduce emissions of the offending chemicals (principally chlorofluorohydrocarbons, or CFCs), and the distribution of knowledge on the availability, cost, and other characteristics of these options among the policy actors.

Keywords: environmental protection; institutional support; leadership; ozone layer; ozone protection regime; scientific assessment; technological options

Chapter.  5798 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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