Things Are Good: Saving the Ozone Layer Helped More Than We Thought

It turns out when nations of the world get together to try and save the environment they can be really good at it. The Montreal Protocol was signed in 1987 to save the ozone layer, and it did. Indeed, a new report says that it not only saved the ozone layer the protocol also cut ...

The Disaffected Lib: Not Quite Off the Hook But Getting Closer.

Okay, so we in the industrialized nations of the northern hemisphere, are the heavy emitters of bad stuff that gets pumped into the atmosphere – CO2, methane, ozone and such. Most of what’s already up there has come from us. Until now it’s been a story of the wealthy bad guys versus the impoverished good ...

The Disaffected Lib: Steve Sends China Our Oil, They Send Us Their – Ozone?

As much as 20% of ground level ozone in the western US is arriving from China. Scientists have been documenting the phenomenon of pollution crossing the Pacific Ocean since the 1990s. Most research so far has focused on how imported emissions affect average pollution levels, but the latest analysis goes further, says Meiyun Lin, an ...

350 or bust: Canada’s Environment Minister Doesn’t Know What Ozone Is, But Approves Cuts To Ozone Monitoring

Unfortunately, this is the fellow in charge of preserving Canada’s water, air, and climate for future generations. The video below shows Environment Minister Peter Kent can’t respond to Justin Trudeau’s straightforward question about what ozone is, and the difference between ozone at high and low levels of the atmosphere. This is the same Environment Minister ...

Impolitical: Harper government lets the ozone scientist speak

“Scientist surfaces to praise ozone monitoring amidst federal review.” But he doesn’t speak without buddies on hand! This is a truly memorable picture painted in this report: A senior Environment Canada scientist whose job may be eliminated through budget cuts has highlighted the importance of maintaining the country’s world-leading atmospheric monitoring network after new research ...

Impolitical: Cuts with consequences

The Harper government’s cuts to Environment Canada and their tinkering with our ozone monitoring systems deserve lots of ongoing attention. Note this from Climate Progress Saturday, the giant ozone hole that was detected and reported on recently may have had significant health and food production consequences for Western Europe in particular. An unprecedented ozone hole ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Environment: low on the totem pole for this Conservative government

Just as a brief followup to Impolitical’s posts/observations on the controversy brwewing surrounding cuts to ozone monitoring, I remember a time when opposition leader Stephen Harper was in his “climate change controls are a socialist scheme” mode that he said too much attention was being paid to that and not enough attention paid to air ...

Impolitical: Ozone monitoring cuts backlash

Let’s check in on how it’s going since government cuts to Canada’s long time ozone monitoring program made news and the international scientific community took note. Karen Dodds, the assistant deputy minister in the Environment department is claiming that the program can be made more efficient, redundancy can be eliminated. Where we now have two ...