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Item #d92oct109

"Countries 'Out of Phase' over CFC Replacements," D. MacKenzie, New Scientist, p. 6, Sep. 12, 1992. UNEP head Mostafa Tolba argued in Brussels that HCFCs should be banned by 2005 and their production severely limited until then. Several European countries support this view, but Japan and the U.S. want a much slower phase-out, especially for those HCFCs with a lower ozone depletion potential.

Item #d92oct110

"German Industry Freezes out Green Fridge," T. Toro, ibid., p. 16, Aug. 22. An eastern German company that is ready to produce a refrigerator which employs no ozone-depleting substances is in danger of being liquidated because of German unification, even though the environmental group Greenpeace has collected over 40,000 advance orders for the appliance. The article discusses some of the technical attributes of the refrigerator, and Greenpeace efforts in Britain to promote similar ones.

Item #d92oct111

"Barbecued CFCs Are Kind to the Atmosphere," J. Emsley, ibid., p. 15, Aug. 15. Describes a cheap and effective way, developed by Japanese chemists, to decompose CFCs by heating them at relatively low temperatures with a catalyst.

Item #d92oct112

Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 526, Aug. 12, 1992: Chemical industry officials said China plans to join the revised Montreal Protocol, and will freeze production of ozone-destroying chemicals by 2000 and phase them out by 2010.

Item #d92oct113

"Japan Turns on the Heat To Destroy CFCs," M. Cross, P. Hadfield, New Scientist, p. 22, July 11, 1992. Describes several other techniques being developed in Japan.

Item #d92oct114

Atmosphere, July 1992 (Friends of the Earth, 218 D St. SE, Washington DC 20003), a quarterly newsletter, includes the following:

"Ozone Fund OKs Projects but Progress Is Slow," p. 2. Cash flow problems continue to threaten the Interim Multilateral Ozone Fund, which may soon be overwhelmed by project proposals from developing countries.

"FoE-UK and FoE-Canada Call for Halon Ban and Bank," p. 4. The two FoE branches have each released reports offering strategies for ending halon production and managing the existing supply. A halon bank can eliminate the need for newly produced halon by collecting halons in existing equipment for redeployment in critical applications.

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