Ozone Crisis: The 15-Year Evolution of a Sudden Global Emergency

Ozone Crisis: The 15-Year Evolution of a Sudden Global Emergency

by Sharon Roan
     
 

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The real story behind the … Ozone Crisis Straight from today’s headlines, award-winning science writer Sharon Roan offers an incisive look at one of the planet’s most pressing ecological concerns. Ozone Crisis tells the compelling, often shocking story of the discovery of ozone depletion, the fight to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and future…  See more details below

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The real story behind the … Ozone Crisis Straight from today’s headlines, award-winning science writer Sharon Roan offers an incisive look at one of the planet’s most pressing ecological concerns. Ozone Crisis tells the compelling, often shocking story of the discovery of ozone depletion, the fight to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and future prospects and prognoses. "At last a sober, well-researched, and well-written book on an important environmental problem.… a good yarn about stratospheric ozone.…This is clearly one of the best case studies of the evolution of science-intensive public policy." —Choice "An engaging account … skillfully recounts in terms readily understood by lay readers the shrewd detective work and unprecedented scientific cooperation that helped give rise to the Montreal Treaty." —John C. Topping, President, Climate Institute "Whether you have the slightest interest in environmental matters or not, this book should be on your ‘must check out!’ list." —Western Producer "Anyone interested in understanding contemporary environmental policy issues will find Roan has written a well-researched, well-balanced, and informative book in an easy-to-read, journalistic style." —Naturalist Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Damage to the Earth's fragile ozone layer by airborne chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), used in aerosols and refrigerants, was strongly suspected by scientists as early as 1973. But it was not until 15 years later that the U.S. ratified an international agreement restricting CFC use--and that pact only limits CFC emissions by about one-third. Science writer Roan looks at this many-sided controversy in her balanced, disturbing report, a remarkable tale of government and corporate foot-dragging, public indifference, environmentalists' furor and scientific experiment. The discovery that CFC-related ozone depletion, besides letting in dangerous ultraviolet radiation, can fuel the greenhouse effect and thus overheat the planet did not prompt decisive action. A turning point came only in 1984 with the shocking detection of a seasonal hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. Those who favor a complete phase-out of ``ozone-eating'' chemicals will find plenty of ammunition in this dossier. Photos. Author tour. (July)
Library Journal
This excellent book chronicles the history of the ozone crisis, from the scientific theory formulated by Mario Molina and Sherwood Rowland in 1973 to scientific fact supported by data of two Antartic expeditions in 1986 and 1987. The role of chlorine emitted from chloroflurocarbons and its impact on the destruction of the ozone layer is stated clearly, as is the long battle with government and industry, both national and international, to recognize the crisis. This serves as an update of Lydia Dotto's The Ozone War ( LJ 9/15/78) and is a less technical account of the problem than John Gribbin's The Hole in the Sky ( LJ 1/88). This is a welcome entry into an area where more information is needed.-- Karen L. Atwood, Pomfret Sch. Lib., Ct.
Booknews
Roan, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, recounts the fight to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and describes the science, the people, and the politics involved, up to the March 1989 decision by the European nations to restrict CFC production. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471528234
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/30/1990
Series:
Wiley Science Editions Series, #89
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

SHARON L. ROAN is a reporter for The Los Angeles Times and winner of the American Public Health Association's Ray Bruner Science Writing Fellowship. She has also received awards from the Florida Medical Association and the California Heart Association and has a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa.

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