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Commissioner calls for action on ozone depletion in the northern hemisphere

Following reports from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the lowest recorded levels of ozone in the northern hemisphere, Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, European Commissioner responsible for environment policy, has called for the Community to take the lead in efforts to re...
Following reports from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the lowest recorded levels of ozone in the northern hemisphere, Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, European Commissioner responsible for environment policy, has called for the Community to take the lead in efforts to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances.

The WMO reported an unprecedented deficit, over several days, of 45% of the ozone layer over the sub-polar region from Greenland, over Scandinavia to the western parts of Siberia. The monthly mean ozone deficiency level in this region was as high as 20% - 30% in February and early March.

Mrs. Bjerregaard pointed to the health risks which these developments would create, particularly since these record levels of ozone depletion would affect more populated areas than before. She said that she would now push for a radical reduction and phasing out of the most powerful, short-term, ozone depleting substances, methylbromide and HCFCs, as soon as possible.
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