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Indications of an increased commitment to deal with ozone depletion have occurred recently in Britain, starting with the release of the second report of the Stratospheric Ozone Group, established in 1985 to advise the government. In a sharp departure from its 1987 report, the group urges an immediate 85 percent reduction in CFC emissions, more than currently required by the Montreal protocol, and eventual complete elimination. Similar recommendations based on the report were made by the Lords Select Committee on European Communities and Minister of the Environment Lord Caithness. It further calls for Britain to establish a specific, coordinated research program on stratospheric ozone with greater financial support, and improved research cooperation with other European countries. The report's message received a boost in October 1988 from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who urged action against ozone depletion, greenhouse warming and acid deposition. During 1988, manufacturers of most British aerosol products agreed to phase out their use of CFCs by the end of 1989, a move that has already occurred in many other countries. The review group's report Stratospheric Ozone 1988 is available for Ј9.50 from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, POB 276, London SW8 5DT.

"Methane Highlighted in Ozone Review," Chemistry & Industry, p. 634, Oct. 17, 1988. Sources of methane, which is also involved in ozone destruction, are discussed.

"A Hole in British Ozone Research," F. Pearce, New Scientist, p. 16, Oct. 8. The laser heterodyne radiometer developed by the National Physical Laboratory could measure stratospheric gases in a proposed European station network.

"Lords Urge Strict Measures for CFCs," C. McGourty, Nature, p. 459, Aug. 11.

"U.K. Environment Minister Says Cuts...Should Occur Sooner," BNA Internat. Environ. Reporter, p. 601, Nov. 9.

"Britain Dons White Hat in CFC Fight," C.P. Shea, Worldwatch (Worldwatch Inst., Washington, D.C.), pp. 5-6, Sep.-Oct. Gives details of the voluntary phaseout of CFCs in aerosols and related items.

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