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The Green Bubble by Per Wimmer

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CHAPTER 2:

A CLEANER HABIT?

Our capacity for self-reflection is one of the things – perhaps the only thing – that distinguishes us from other living creatures. And the more we know about ourselves and our surroundings, the more we are inclined to worry. We started worrying about the effect of (non-martial) human behaviour on our planet in the 1970s when we discovered an expanding hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s most damaging rays. The problem was traced back to the widespread use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosol sprays and refrigerants.

An unprecedented international agreement to phase out CFCs, expressed in the first United Nations treaty ever to gain universal ratification, has begun to reverse the process of ...

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