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The ozone layer is recovering faster than expected, thanks to global cooperation

On September 16, 1987, the international community did something almost unheard of, especially in today’s world: It worked together to protect the planet.

Ultimately ratified by 198 nations, including every country in the United Nations, the so-called “Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer” vowed to phase out pollutants that had been eroding Earth’s ozone layer....

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Atmospheric acid test: Can the successes of reducing acid rain apply to the current climate crisis?

Democrats and Republicans once worked together to solve an environmental crisis. That sentence, admittedly, reads a bit like the start of a fairy tale. Long gone are the days when Republicans seemed to produce quasi-environmentalist presidents like Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. At the time of this writing, every single frontrunner for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination denies that humanity’s burning of fossil fuels is emitting greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which significantly contributes to global heating....

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