Chapter

Setting the Stage

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/10.1093/0195155491.003.0003
 Setting the Stage

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The linked histories of science, policy, and strategy over the first decade of policy concern about the ozone layer (1970 to 1980) are detailed. First, the controversies of the early 1970s over potential ozone depiction by supersonic aircraft (through the effects of water vapour and nitrogen oxides from aircraft exhausts), and their significance for subsequent debates, are reviewed. Then the domestic controversy over chlorofluorohydrocarbons (CFCs) and ozone depletion in the USA, the parallel but more muted discussions in other countries, and the first unsuccessful attempts to develop international action on the issue are discussed. A brief account is also given of industry's initial research into CFC alternatives, and of the early ozone policy debates.

Keywords: CFCs; chlorofluorohydrocarbons; environmental policy; international cooperation; ozone depletion; supersonic aircraft; USA

Chapter.  20125 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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