In the 1970s the world became aware of a huge danger: the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer by CFCs escaping into the atmosphere, and the damage this could do to human health and the food chain. So great was the threat that by 1987 the UN had succeeded in coordinating an international treaty to phase out emissions; which, over the following 15 years has been implemented. It has been hailed as an outstanding success. It needed the participation of all the parties: governments, industry, scientists, campaigners, NGOs and the media, and is a model for future treaties. This volume provides the authoritative and comprehensive history of the whole process from the earliest warning signs to the present. It is an invaluable record for all those involved and a necessary reference for future negotiations to a wide range of scholars, students and professionals.
'One of the most impressive environmental books ever written.' Ambassador Richard Benedick, US Negotiator to the Montreal Protocol and author of Ozone Diplomacy '[An] outstanding historical account.' European Environment 'The remarkable story of how all countries - rich and poor, capitalist and communist, North and South - joined together against a common enemy: environmental destruction.' Mostafa K Tolba, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations, and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, 1976-1992 'The strength of this book is its comprehensive character, written by two experts. The result is a book that is unique in its documentation and contains the most interesting insights.' International Journal of Sustainable Development 'The book is brought to life by personal perspectives. Here, some of the leading players - politicians, scientists, industrialists and environmentalists - give their own view of events.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Sarma and Anderson's book is full of wonderful vignettes that demonstrate the creativity and dedication of government scientists and civil servants who worked for over a decade to create a workable global environmental management regime.' Nature
The Science of Ozone depletion: From Theory to Certainty * Diplomacy: the Beginning, 1974-1987 * Diplomacy: From Strength to Strength, 1988-1992 * Diplomacy: Racing Towards Success * Technology and Business Policy * Implementation of the Montreal Protocol * Compliance with the Montreal Protocol * Media Coverage of the Ozone-layer Issue * Environmental NGO's, the Ozone layer and the Montreal Protocol * Notes * List of Acronyms and Abbreviations * Glossary * About the Contributors * Index