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THE UNEP CELEBRATES ITS FAKE OZONE GLORY

Posted on: September 17, 2021

PART-1: WHAT THE UNEP OZONE GLORY ARTICLE SAYS

Rebuilding the ozone layer: how the world came together for the ultimate repair job, 15 Sep 2021
As far as decades go, the 1980s were nothing if not tumultuous. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 reshaped the future, heralding the dawn of a new world order. But another significant, but lesser known, event of that decade took place two years earlier when governments came together to reverse damage to the ozone layer and ensure we had a viable future to reshape. The adoption of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer on September 16, 1987 marked a turning point in
environmental history. It also showed that when SCIENCE and political willpower join forces, the results can change the world. “In the face of a triple planetary crisis – climate, nature and pollution – the Montreal Protocol is one of the best examples we have of the positive and powerful outcome of multilateralism,” said Meg Seki, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) Ozone Secretariat. “When sound SCIENCE is the basis for universal action, we can overcome what may seem insurmountable global environmental challenges. SCIENCE -based policy: The remarkable story of the battle to save the ozone layer starts with SCIENCE . In the mid-1970s, SCIENTISTS warned that man-made chemicals in everyday products like aerosols, foams, refrigerators and air-conditioners were harming the ozone layer. At that time, they didn’t know the scale of the problem. But in 1985, a hole was confirmed in the ozone layer over Antarctica. The world’s natural sun shield, which protects humans, plants, animals and ecosystems from excessive ultraviolet radiation, had been breached. Suddenly, a future blighted by skin cancers, cataracts, dying plants and crops and damaged ecosystems loomed. There was no time to lose. SCIENTISTS had raised the alarm and the world listened. In 1985, governments adopted the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which provided the framework for the Montreal Protocol to phase out ozone-depleting substances, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The Protocol came into effect in 1989 and by 2008, it was the first and only UN environmental agreement to be ratified by every country in the world. UNEP played a key role in this successful process. It brokered the Vienna Convention, and since 1991, has hosted the Ozone Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. The results have been dramatic. Around 99 per cent of ozone-depleting substances have been phased out and the protective layer above Earth is being replenished. The Antarctic ozone hole is expected to close by the 2060s, while other regions will return to pre-1980s values even earlier. Every year, an estimated two million people are saved from skin cancer and there are broader benefits too, as many of the ozone-depleting gases also drive up global temperatures. A recent study has shown that without the Montreal Protocol ban on CFCs, lesser carbon would have been stored in plants, vegetation and soil; which might have led to an additional 0.5–1.0 degrees celsius of global warming. “In the face of a triple planetary crisis – climate, nature and pollution – the Montreal Protocol is one of the best examples we have that showcases the positive and powerful outcome of multilateralism. Although the adoption of the Montreal Protocol marked a critical turning point, it was not a one-time fix. The work continues, with SCIENTISTS still providing the first line of defence. The Montreal Protocol is supported by three SCIENTIFIC assessment panels, that inform policymakers. For example, these panels warned about the unexpected rise in ozone-depleting trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11) emissions in recent years because of illegal production. The most recent meeting of ozone research managers highlighted the need to remain vigilant. Although tremendous progress has been made, the hole will take decades yet to heal, and only if there is full and continuous compliance with the Montreal Protocol. We also need to continue monitoring the atmosphere, even for supposedly banned substances, like CFC-11, and for the possible effects rising surface temperatures in polar regions may have on stratospheric ozone. There are new risks for the ozone layer. The Protocol has been updated to deal with new risks. In 2016, the Kigali Amendment was adopted to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases often used as replacements for the banned ozone-depleting substances in refrigerators and air-conditioners. With demand for these chemicals set to rise, experts say it is more urgent than ever for countries to ratify the Amendment. Ratifying the Kigali Amendment will be key in the fight against climate change. It encourages countries to phase down HFCs, which in turn can improve cooling systems by making them more sustainable, ozone- and environmentally friendly. So far, the Kigali Amendment, which came into force in 2019, has been ratified by 123 countries. It also encourages the development and use of more energy-efficient cooling technologies. Adopting low-global-warming-potential alternative refrigerants could potentially double the climate benefits of the Amendment, according to this recent SCIENTIFIC assessment. Improving cold chains to reduce food loss and for safer handling of vaccines are at the heart of the 2021 campaign for World Ozone Day on September 16. The theme this year is the Montreal Protocol: Keeping us, our food and vaccines cool.

PART-2: CRIITICAL COMMENTARY

ITEM#1: THE USE OF THE WORD SCIENCE IS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE UNEP TEXT ABOVE WHERE WE SEE THAT IT HAS BEEN USED IN VARIOUS FORMS 8 TIMES. THE NEED FOR THIS STRATEGY TO CREATE A SENSE OF CREDIBILITY FOR THE ARGUMENTS PRESENTED IS CURIOUS BUT PERHAPS BEST UNDERSTOOD IN TERMS OF THE WEAKNESS OF THE CASE IN THE ESSENCE OF THE ARGUMENT ITSELF. THESE WEAKNESSES ARE DESCRIBED BELOW.

ITEM#2: THE WORDS “UNEP” AND “ENVIRONMENT” APPEAR 5 TIMES IN THE TEXT AND THE PHRASE “MONTREAL PROTOCOL” APPEARS 9 TIMES. THIS FEATURE OF THE TEXT ABOVE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SELF CONGRATULATORY NATURE OF THE TEXT, AND THE REPEATED USE OF THE WORD “SCIENCE IMPLIES THAT THIS IS A SALES PITCH TO SELL THE UNEP AS SOME KIND OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AS AN EXTENSION OF THE ROLE AND REACH OF THE UNITED NATIONS BEYOND ITS CHARTER. THIS ASPECT OF THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES OF OUR TIME IS DISCUSSED IN A RELATED POST IN THE CONTEXT OF WEAKNESSES IN THE UN CHARTER AND THE UN’S AMBITION TO USE THESE WEAKNESSES TO EXTEND ITS ROLE, FUNCTION, AND ITS BUDGET. LINK BELOW.

LINK TO UN AMBITION POST: https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/03/18/the-eco-crisis-ambition-of-the-un/

EXCERPT:

Remember when the ILO did labor, the FAO did agriculture, the WHO did health, the World Bank did infrastructure loans for developing countries, the WMO did Meteorology, and the UNDP did economic development of poor countries? Now they all do ClimateThis post is an examination of this anomaly in terms of the structure and function of the UN that are not constrained and that contain no provision for accountability, oversight, discipline, or budgetary constraint. These structural flaws have created a rogue public service organization that serves itself and not the public and they make it possible for the UN to use its self declared global environmental authority to invent global environmental crises that inflate its budget and serve its bureaucratic needs. 

That the World Health Organization (WHO) is busy with climate change these days with predictions that climate change is causing starvation and malnutrition, is best understood in this context. The WHO is no longer a World Health Organization but an agency of the UN that takes its orders from Antonio Guterres the climate guy.

(1) IN THE BEGINNING: A history of world wars among nation states and the yearning for a global peace keeper to prevent such wars is the context that gave birth the the idea of a global peace keeper. This peacekeeper is envisioned as an independent body, representing all nation states but beholden to none, such that it can intervene, resolve disputes, and prevent war among nations. Yet, it should obvious that if these independence criteria are met, the peace keeping body becomes a public service organization with no mechanism for accountability, oversight or discipline, a condition well known to cultivate corruption and a self-serving agenda. The unanswered question is ” If we need a UN run by mortals to discipline nations run by mortals, who will discipline the mortals at the UN? “

(2) CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS: It is well known and well established that public service organizations without adequate accountability, oversight, and discipline mechanisms in place serve themselves and not the public. This flaw in the global peace keeper idea has been overlooked. If the global peacekeeper body will discipline the world’s nation states, who will discipline the global peacekeeper? This question was asked by Henry Cabot Lodge a hundred years ago but it has since been forgotten and it remains to this day an unanswered question. This is the fundamental flaw in the global peacekeeper idea. It gave us the monster that is the UN.

(3) CONSEQUENCES OF STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS: Here we examine the consequences of this structural weakness with specific applications to the ambition of the United Nations to extend its role from global peacekeeper to that of a global environmental protection agency with the argument that certain global environmental issues transcend national boundaries and can only be assessed and controlled on a global basis. Here we argue that this extension of the function of a world peacekeeper is inconsistent with the idea of a world of humans that consists of independent nation states.

ABOUT THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL IN RELATED POSTS ON THIS SITE:

RELATED POST#1:

THE OZONE HOLE IS NOT EVIDENCE OF THE ROWLAND MOLINA THEORY OF OZONE DEPLETION BUT EVIDENCE OF THE FAILURE TO PRESENT SUCH EVIDENCE: LINK: https://tambonthongchai.com/2021/09/16/the-large-ozone-hole-of-2021/

RELATED POST#2:

FARMAN ETAL 1985 DOES NOT SERVE AS EVIDENCE FOR THE ROWLAND MOLINA THEORY OF OOZONE DEPLETION: LINK: https://tambonthongchai.com/2019/03/12/ozone1966-2015/

RELATED POST#3:

THE ROWLAND MOLINA THEORY OF OZONE DEPLETION CAN BE TESTED ONLY WITH DATA FOR LONG TERM TRENDS IN GLOBAL MEAN TOTAL COLUMN OZONE AND NOT WITH LOCALIZED OZONE FLUCTUATION EVENTS SUCH AS THE SOUTH POLAR EVENTS CALLED AN OZONE HOLE: https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/12/27/the-hole-in-the-sky/

RELATED POST#4:

PRESENTATION OF A NUMBER OF EMPIRICAL TESTS OF THE ROWLAND MOLINA THEORY OF OZONE DEPLETION AGAINST DATA FOR GLOBAL MEAN TOTAL COLUMN OZONE: LINK: https://tambonthongchai.com/2021/03/31/list-of-posts-on-ozone-depletion/

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ROWLAND&MOLINA

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FARMAN ETAL

Maurice F. Strong, UNEP's First Executive Director, Celebrates his 85th  Birthday
THE UNEP AMBITION OF THE UNITED NATIONS TO EXTEND ITS CHARTER

RELATED WORK ON SSRN: LINK: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2794991

Abstract

The United Nations is financed mostly by taxpayers from a few donor countries but the large and growing bureaucracy is too far removed from those taxpayers to be directly accountable to them. It is run by unelected, unaccountable, undisciplined, and incompetent bureaucrats. The organization’s size, budget, and scope are unconstrained. The budget funding process provides perverse incentives for these bureaucrats to increase the size and scope of their organization simply by creating multitudes of agencies and programs, and by inventing problems and environmental crises set on a global scale.

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