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Global Efforts Succeed As Ozone-Destroying Gases Decline Faster Than Expected

Scientists hailed Tuesday the “remarkable global achievement” in ozone layer protection, citing a faster-than-expected decline in damaging atmospheric gases. The Montreal Protocol of 1987, targeting ozone-depleting substances prevalent in refrigerants, air conditioning, and aerosols, has proven instrumental. A recent study revealed hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), responsible for ozone depletion, peaked in 2021—five years earlier than anticipated.

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