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Wed Sep 21, 2022, 05:58 PM

U.S. ratifies global treaty curbing climate super-pollutants

Source: Washington Post

With broad bipartisan support, the Senate on Wednesday ratified by a 69-27 vote a global treaty that would sharply limit the emissions of super-pollutants that frequently leak from air conditioners and other types of refrigeration. The treaty — known as the Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol — compels countries to phase out the use of the potent hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are hundreds to thousands of times as powerful as carbon dioxide in speeding up climate change.

The United States became the 137th country to ratify the amendment — and negotiators said the move would encourage the remaining nations to follow suit. The earlier Montreal Protocol clamped down on the production of ozone-depleting substances. U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry, who was in the Rwandan capital of Kigali when the amendment was negotiated, said the Senate vote “was a decade in the making and a profound victory ​for the climate and the American economy.”

The treaty, which had to win support of at least two-thirds of the Senate, brought together an unusual coalition of supporters including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers as well as the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a statement, Kerry said that “businesses supported it because it drives American exports; climate advocates championed it because it will avoid up to half a degree of global warming by the end of the century; and world leaders backed it because it ensures strong international cooperation.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that ratifying the Kigali Amendment and adopting the Inflation Reduction Act was “the strongest one-two punch against climate change any Congress has ever taken.” He said the treaty would “reduce global temperatures by about half a degree Celsius by the end of this century, a little talked about fact with very significant impact.” That reduction equals about 1 degree Fahrenheit. He called it a “win-win in our fight against climate change.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2022/09/21/kigali-amendment-senate-super-pollutants-climate/





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BumRushDaShow Sep 21 OP
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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 21, 2022, 06:11 PM

1. That is the first time I have ever heard of any action and the LOWERING of temperature

of the earth because of it.

We are in for a long uncomfortable ride in good old earth for awhile I fear. It is Sept 21st in S Florida and it was 88 degrees when I was out around noon.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 21, 2022, 06:28 PM

2. My high here in Philly today from my weather station was 81

and it's supposed to have a cool-down the next couple days with highs in the upper 60s/low 70s, but then next week, back up to the more "normal" upper 70s/low 80s.

I do know that "early fall" is actually "a lagging summer" for those near the Atlantic Ocean like you in FL and here in Philly where I am (and where we're about 50 - 60 miles from it). That's because the ocean temps are at the warmest that they would get during a typical year, which is also why hurricanes tend to explode in the fall, with September/October being the peak months.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 21, 2022, 06:36 PM

3. It was

99 degrees yesterday in KCMO. It should be in upper ‘70s this time of year. It was 88 degrees this afternoon, but a cold front will come through and drop our temperature to more normal temperatures tomorrow. Now if it would just rain.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 21, 2022, 06:41 PM

4. So is EPA finally going to allow R-32?

Or keep clinging to those which are patented? 😏

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 21, 2022, 08:05 PM

5. My guess: they'll wait for a patented revision of R-32

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Response to NullTuples (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 21, 2022, 08:06 PM

6. No doubt



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