GOVERNMENTS the world over can do
just that - pat themselves on their
backs - for work well done. Dutch scientists, reviewing a year of the international ban on ozone- destroying chemicals have estimated that a total of 1.5 million possible skin cancer cases have
been averted in the us alone on account
of the ban.
The five-member team of researchers from Utrecht University used new computer models to conclude that global policy-makers helped avert a disaster by acting to prevent further erosion of the earth's protective ozone layer. The Dutch study hailed as a credible paper shows that the cooperation of political leaders can go a long way in mitigating global disasters. Said Michael Oppenheimer, chairperson of the global atmospheric programme for the Environmental Defense Fund, us, "This is the most accurate calculation to date of the potential health consequences of ozone depletion."
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