Published: Aug. 19, 2020

HIstory Assistant Professor Greg Whitesides wrote this piece on the Montreal Protocol, “The Little Treaty That Could.” He writes, “Emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting substances could have destroyed two-thirds of the stratospheric ozone layer by 2065. Today, however, scientists believe the near-total ban on the production of these chemicals could allow the ozone layer to recover to 1980 levels, although the date of recovery remains uncertain.”

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