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Mending the Ozone Hole

Science, Technology, and Policy

By Arjun Makhijani and Kevin Gurney





There is a widely held misconception that the problem of ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere has been solved. In fact, while CFC production has been reduced in many places, the ongoing emissions of chemicals and the production of other long-lived ozone-depleting substances mean a decade will pass before the levels of ozone-depleting chlorine in the earth's atmosphere being to decline. As a result, serious ozone depletion above the southern pole and elsewhere is expected to continue for decades, posing a severe threat to human health and to ecosystems. In this comprehensive overview, Makhijani and Gurney detail the most current knowledge about stratospheric ozone depletion. More than a review of the evolution of the ozone problem, Mending the Ozone Hole provides an objective and stimulating look at current debates surrounding the research, the technology development, and the policy-making aimed at eliminating ozone-depleting substances. The book begins by clearly delineating the current status of stratospheric ozone loss and its epidemiological and ecological consequences—including DNA damage, effects on the human immune system, skin cancer, the human eye, plant and aquatic life, and potential impacts of persistent severe ozone depletion. It then takes up the many sources of emissions of ozone-depleting compounds and of the alternative technologies that might reasonably replace them. This is followed by an examination of national and international policy development and industry responses, projections on the levels of ozone-depleting chlorine, assessments of various ozone-protection measures, and a consideration of the context in which policy is made. Finally, the research findings are summarized and specific recommendations for protecting the ozone layer are offered.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262133081 368 pp. | 8.9 in x 6.2 in


$29.50 X | £24.00 ISBN: 9780262519892 368 pp. | 8.9 in x 6.2 in


  • This book presents an overview of the stratosphetic ozone depletion problem, including scientific, technological and policy issues. The work is original and a significant contribution to the field in terms of presenting an integrated perspective.

    Mario Molina

    Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • The ability of the world's Governments, when presented with the latest scientific figures, to modify their thinking on the pace and consequences of ozone later depletion has been one of the most fascinating global environmental stories of our time. This comprehensive and intelligible guide makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing policy discussions. It can assits decision-makers in both Government and industry in making informed responsible choices.

    Elizabeth Dowdeswell

    Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

  • This book provides a highly concetrated source of up-to-date information. It is the most thorough compilation I have seen. In one source it provides detailed descriptions of measurements and effects of ozoe depletion plus regulatory and technical solutions.

    Dr. Jon Nimitz

    President, Environmental Technology & Education Center (ETEC)

  • The scope of this manuscript is very ambitious, perhpas unsurpassed on these topics. Furthermore, the materials are very up to date, surprisingly so, even on the most specialized topics. I do not know of any other works with the same breadth and scope. Others have covered the atmospheric sciences with a smattering of history or analysis of how regulations have occured, but none are as in-depth in all topics and as oriented towards the future.

    Ralph J. Cicerone

    Professor of Earth System Science, University of Califoria at Irvine

  • We have allowed a reckless experiment on the Eather's atmosphere and the result is ozone depletion. Mending the Ozone Hole is more than an outstanding technical reference: it maps the treacherous terrain of unforeseen 'surprises' (where the real world doesn't conform to the smooth trend lines of computer models) and it charts the critical policy steps we still must take to save as much of the life-shielding ozone layer as possible.

    Rhys Roth

    Director, The Atmosphere Alliance

  • The most comprehensive overview of the problem of ozone depletion yetavailable. Packed with information, chiefly about the causes of theproblem, with sound recommendations for action. Mending the Ozone Hole should be compulsory reading for politicians. It's technical enough to meet the needs of specialists, but clear enoughfor the concerned general reader.

    New Scientist