CFC ban slowed global warming

It’s a vanishingly rare occurrence, but this week there’s some good news among the bad in relation to climate change. An international team of researchers has found that the global chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) ban introduced in 1987 may have prevented the Earth from warming an extra 2.5°C by the end of this century.

Specifically, the ban may have helped to mitigate climate change by protecting plants from increased UV radiation, preventing – or holding at bay – a ‘scorched Earth’ scenario.

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