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Protecting the Ozone LayerScience and Strategy$
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Edward A. Parson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195155495

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195155491.001.0001

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Stratospheric Ozone and Its Protection

Stratospheric Ozone and Its Protection

Introduction and Background

(p.3) 1 Stratospheric Ozone and Its Protection
Protecting the Ozone Layer

Edward A. Parson (Contributor Webpage)

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An introduction is given to the ozone layer issue, and the goals, context, and contributions of the book are described. The three main empirical arguments put forward in the book are summarised; these are threaded throughout the book and are developed in detail in the final chapter. The first argument concerns the factors accounting for the rapid formation of the ozone protection regime between 1986 and 1988 after ten years of deadlock (scientific assessment, institutional support for international negotiations and proposals, and leadership). The second argument concerns the strategy of conducting scientific assessment that allowed the two crucial assessments of 1986 and 1988 to achieve such a decisive influence in contrast with many previous assessments that did not. The third argument concerns the effects of technological options to reduce emissions of the offending chemicals (principally chlorofluorohydrocarbons, or CFCs), and the distribution of knowledge on the availability, cost, and other characteristics of these options among the policy actors.

Keywords:   environmental protection, institutional support, leadership, ozone layer, ozone protection regime, scientific assessment, technological options

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