September 21, 2010

Proof is in the Pudding — Together, we really can make a difference.

by Heather Falconer

The Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010, being released in full next month from the United Nations Environment Programme, not only shares good news for the state of the ozone layer, but provides hope for further changes related to climate change. Compiled by approximately 300 scientists from around the world, the report shows that the Montreal Protocol is working — “by phasing out production and consumption of ozone depleting substances,” we’ve managed to halt further destruction of the ozone layer.

The report highlights that efforts in the last 30 years to reduce CFC emissions have proven to be a success — though other greenhouse gases still remains a concern.There is still much work to be done, as we haven’t quite reached the point where the layer is rebuilding. But scientists are hopeful that, with efforts already underway, the layer may be largely restored by the middle of this century.

More than anything, this latest report shows that collaboration among scientists, governments, and individuals in the community is key to protecting the environment and reducing the human influence on climate change. By making changes on both the large and small scale, we’ve managed to make significant changes.

Let’s keep up the great work!

Heather Falconer

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Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.