From closing the atmospheric ozone hole to reducing climate change: Lessons learned

Gary W. Ewart, William N. Rom, Sidney S. Braman, Kent E Pinkerton

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Global warming presents U.S. and transnational leaders with enormous political and policy challenges. World leadership addressed a similar worldwide environmental challenge in the 1980s and 1990s when scientists advised that accelerating emission of man-made chlorofluorocarbons was depleting the ozone layer of the earth's atmosphere. The process that led to global agreement on reducing depletion of the ozone layer holds valuable lessons, and some ironies, for scientists and policy makers seeking now to address global climate change. By understanding the international treaty process, howscience informed that process, and how the physician community played a constructive role in the transition away from commercial use of ozone-depleting gases three decades ago, environmental activists can better understand the challenges, opportunities, and potential solutions under current consideration in affecting global climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the American Thoracic Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • American Thoracic Society
  • Chlorofluorocarbons
  • Climate change
  • Greenhouse effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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