Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy

Hardcover | March 15, 2003

byEdward A. Parson

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This book is the first comprehensive history of international efforts to protect the ozone layer, the greatest success yet achieved in managing human impacts on the global environment. Its arguments about how this success was achieved are both theoretically novel and of great significance forthe management of other global problems, particularly global climate change. The book provides an account of the ozone-depletion issues from the first attempts to develop international action in the 1970s to the mature functioning of the present international regime. It examines the paralleldevelopments of politics and negotiations, scientific understanding and controversy, technological progress, and industry strategy that shaped the issue's development and its effective management. In addition, the book offers important new insights into how the interactions among these domainsinfluenced the formation and adaptation of the ozone regime. Addressing the initial formation of the regime, the book argues that authoritative scientific assessments were crucial in constraining policy debates and shaping negotiated agreements. Assessments gave scientific claims an ability tochange policy actors' behavior that the claims themselves, however well known and verified, lacked. Concerning subsequent adaptation of the regime, the book identifies a series of feedbacks between the periodic revision of chemical controls and the strategic responses of affected industries, whichdrove rapid application of new approaches to reduce ozone-depleting chemicals. These feedbacks, promoted by the regime's novel technology assessment process, allowed worldwide use of the chemicals to decline further and faster than even the boldest predictions, by nearly 95 percent within tenyears.

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This book is the first comprehensive history of international efforts to protect the ozone layer, the greatest success yet achieved in managing human impacts on the global environment. Its arguments about how this success was achieved are both theoretically novel and of great significance forthe management of other global problems, pa...

Edward A. Parson is at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:March 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195155491

ISBN - 13:9780195155495

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Abbreviations1. Stratospheric Ozone and Its Protection: Introduction and Background2. Early Stratospheric Science, Chlorofluorocarbons, and the Emergence of Environmental Concern3. Setting the Stage: National Action and Early International Efforts, 1970-19804. The Search for Knowledge-Based Resolution: Science and Scientific Assessment, 1976-19855. Negotiations and Strategy, 1980-19876. Eliminating Chlorofluorocarbons: Science, Assessment, and Responses, 1986-19887. Industry Strategy and Technical Innovation, 1987-19928. Building an Adaptive Regime: The Protocol Evolving, 1989-19999. The Theoretical and Practical Significance of the Ozone RegimeAppendix A: List of InterviewsAppendix B: Archival SourcesNotesReferencesIndex

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"Parson documents the ozone layer story in great detail...His treatment in comprehensive, explaining clearly and in great detail the complexities of science, technology, and politics of the issue. The book will be of great interest to environmental scientists, policy makers, andstudents."--Wildlife Activist