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Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Despite news reports of an improving ozone layer, uncertainty over the impacts of illegal chlorofluorocarbon emissions threatens to undermine the longterm success of the Montreal Protocol. Earlier this week, the United Nations issued a press release confirming the Earth's ozone layer continues to heal. The release called the news a "ray of hope" in the wake of urgent warnings about the risks of global warming. But the report itself revealed serious concerns -- concerns parties to the Montreal Protocol are discussing this week at meetings in Quito, Ecuador. Last year, reports revealed a surprising uptick in CFC-11 emissions, an ozone-depleting gas banned under the Montreal Protocol. Followup investigations suggested the Chinese foam industry is responsible for the rise in C...
Mood remains optimistic after D-Day in Thai cave

Mood remains optimistic after D-Day in Thai cave

World
This was D Day, according to the head of the rescue operation. It was fighting talk ahead of what would be a "war against water".That battle of attrition against the elements had been waged continuously before the rescue started - heavy drainage pumps were the weapons reducing the water levels in many of the cavernous chambers.The monsoon weather did roll in as the dive teams set about their task. Image: The boys, from an under-16 football team, are trapped inside Tham Luang cave Outside the cave and at the media site there was a great deal of nervousness - an anxious wait to carry out an unprecedented evacuation which has no parallel.But the planning which appears to have been meticulous has so far paid off.When the f...