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A Story of Ozone: The Earth's Natural Sunscreen

In this talk, Dr. Paul Newman tells the story of how scientists and policy-makers safeguarded the Earth’s ozone layer and the world we avoided by regulating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS) . Back in the 60s, we used chlorofluorocarbons, a chlorine-containing chemical, in everything from hairsprays and deodorants to foam products and air conditioners. But in 1974, chemists Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina published a paper claiming CFCs were destroying the ozone layer. The Molina-Rowland paper launched a debate in the scientific community that ultimately led to the halls of the United Nations. Today, more than 191 countries have signed the Montreal Protocol— a treaty that regulates the use of chlorofluorocarbons—and the ozone layer is on the mend. But the story has taken a new and unpredictable turn as the class of compounds that replaced CFCs act as greenhouse gases.


Alison Schuyler Ogden (NASA/GSFC): Lead Producer
Alison Schuyler Ogden (NASA/GSFC): Lead Editor
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
John Caldwell (AIMM): Videographer
Stuart A. Snodgrass (HTSI): Technical Support
Rich Melnick (HTSI): Technical Support
Paul Newman (NASA/GSFC): Project Scientist
Please give credit for this item to: Alison Ogden
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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