The Copenhagen climate change summit in December will be a defining moment for the people of the world in our attempts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. A similar moment in history took place 20 years ago, when nations agreed to repair the ozone hole by outlawing chemicals responsible for ozone depletion. Under the landmark Montreal Protocol treaty, from January 1, 2010 – just about 100 days from now – the production and consumption of two egregious types of ozone-eating chemicals, CFCs and halons, used as refrigerants and in fire extinguishers, will be consigned to history books.
Rajendra Shende will discuss the lessons of the Montreal Protocol as world leaders grapple with the climate change threat, and outline the final target of the Montreal Protocol: HCFCs, which harm the ozone layer and are also powerful greenhouse gases, 2000 times as effective at heating the atmosphere as the most talked about greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.
DATE: Thursday, September 17th
VENUE: Culture Wing of Indian embassy (NOT at Indian embassy), Floor 11, East Tower, LG Twin Towers, Jianguomenwai Dajie (opposite Dongdaqiao Lu) Tel-6568 3218/3518/3618. 建国门外大街LG双子座大厦(东大桥路的对面)
ENTRANCE: free to members, 50 rmb to non-members
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Rajendra Shende leads the OzonAction Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and advises 146 developing countries on how to get rid of ozone-depleting gases. A chemical engineer by training, Mr. Shende received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Protection Award in 2009. His hobbies include trekking in the Himalayas, organic farming and eco-blogging.