A triple-whammy of rising temperatures, increased acid levels and lack of oxygen is destroying the world’s oceans, according to scientists at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Experts warn that small island states are being hit especially hard, with impacts on health, food and livelihoods.
Pioneers John Elkington, Bjorn Stigson and David Suzuki fear that things may get worse before they get better on climate change issues. Only when our daily lives are disrupted and we have realized the connection between our actions and their consequences, will we finally unite on the issue.
The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The phase out is planned via a timetable. For example, the substance hydro chlorofluorocarbon has a first deadline of 2015 and a final phase-out by 2030.
In its daily work, UNIDO focuses on cost-effective ways to reduce ozone-depleting substances such as freons, halons and chlorofluorocarbons, in the areas of refrigeration, plastic foams, halons, solvents, fumigants and aerosol.
Once the government of a developing country identifies a company that requires assistance in eliminating an ozone depleting substance that originates during the production cycle, it approaches UNIDO with a request to find a solution and introduce a more advance technological process in line with international standards.