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If climatologists saved the world and nobody experienced the alternative, would it make an impact? New research conducted at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center suggests that it should. The Center used cutting-edge computer modeling technologies to address the question: “What if the Montreal Protocol that regulated the emission of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had not been signed?” The answer, it turns out, is catastrophe. The findings are a welcome change from the usual “doom and gloom” tune that frequently accompanies environmental reports, and gives evidence that intervention from policy-makers based on scientific evidence can make a large impact. “It seems pretty clear that we got our environmental act together just about in time to dodge a rather carcinogenic bullet,”
said ScienceBlogger Chris Rowan from Highly Allochthonous.

Comments

  1. #1 R Simmon
    March 25, 2009

    GISS? It was from Goddard Space Flight Center. (GISS is a subordinate organization).

  2. #2 Erin
    March 30, 2009

    Indeed you are correct, R Simmon- amended!

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