Ozone recovery influenced by climate change

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Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada. UN Photo/Kibae Park

The world's ozone layer and climate change are interconnected phenomena, according to the Executive Director of the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP).

Achim Steiner was at UN Headquarters on Wednesday to give a preview of the latest scientific assessment of ozone depletion.

The Earth’s ozone layer protects all life from the sun’s radiation, but human activities have damaged this natural shield.

Mr Steiner highlighted the key finding of the report, related to climate change.

The most important message has to do with our much clearer understanding that we're dealing with a coupled and quite complex ozone layer and climate change issue. Between these two, there are connections in science, in human emissions that cause them, and hence also in the policy options for dealing with them.

Mr Steiner explained we are seeing increasingly encouraging signs from ozone measurements that it is on track to recover by the middle of this century.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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