Bad news after good? –Recent Arctic stratospheric ozone losses

Rajendra Shende, Head of OzonAction, UNEP speaks to NASA scientist and co-chair of the  Montreal Protocol Scientific Assessment Panel Dr. Paul Newman on 8th April 2011 The breaking news of record losses of the stratospheric ozone over the Arctic and northern Europe, thereby exposing large populations to the risk of elevated ultraviolet radiation (UV) is quite unsettling and disquieting.  Rajendra Shende requested Dr. Newman to briefly explain for the benefit of the National Ozone Units around the world two recent and apparently contradictory observations relating to levels of stratospheric ozone depletion. One report appeared to be very positive; the other seemed to be a serious warning: The loss of stratospheric ozone over Antarctica in September 2010 was one of the lowest on record. A record loss of stratospheric ozone was recorded over the Arctic in March 2011. The interview: Mr. Shende: "How should National Ozone Officers engaged in implementation of the Montreal Protocol, which is...
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We can lose battles but not lessons

  Paris-based Rajendra Shende has been leading the global battle to protect the ozone layer as director in the United Nations Environment Programme. He was Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore. The top notch Indian in UNEP has won several awards around the world. He was awarded USA’s prestigious Climate Protection award in 2009. His OzonAction Programme in 2005 became the first ever programme in the UN to win a USA award. In an interview, Shende outlines how the world, which is struggling to reach an agreement on climate change, can learn valuable lessons from the Montreal Protocol, a remarkable success story in whose implementation Shende has played a key role. ...
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Interview with Pune Herald

1. When and how did you get involved in the international effort about Ozone Depletion? In 1987 the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer was finalised through the negotiating process under the patronage of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It aimed at protecting our common natural resource i.e. Stratospheric Ozone Layer which is so vital to our life on the earth. (more…)...
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