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Montreal Protocol Strengthened in New Year

The Montreal Protocol, the first international treaty to protect our atmosphere from harmful greenhouse gas emissions, has been strengthened further. A new set of amendments took effect this year that will heighten control over the production and use of chemicals known to deplete the ozone layer. These new amendments require member countries to freeze the production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) used in refrigeration and cooling equipment. The same states must also ban the production, consumption and international trade of bromochloromethane -- a chemical used primarily as a fire-extinguishing agent. Hopefully, the cooperation of member-governments to abide by the rules now put in place will benefit people worldwide.

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