An international agreement reached in the 1980s led to a phasing out of chemicals that damaged Earth's ozone layer. But the ones used to replace them can break down and turn into a greenhouse gas that lingers for tens of thousands of years -- and make climate change worse. That's according to a new study from reasearchers at Boulder's NOAA Earth System Research Lab and elsewhere. Jim Burkholder is a research chemist at NOAA. He spoke with Ryan Warner about the report.
How Protecting The Ozone Layer Might Be Making Climate Change Worse
Support Your Values With A Year-End Gift To CPR
Make your year-end donation to support the news, music and conversations you rely on.
Listen to The Taxman
A new podcast from CPR News takes an in-depth look at Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill Of Rights—TABOR— considered either the worst thing that’s happened to the state, or the best.
Most Viewed News
By David Hill
By Megan Verlee
By Colorado Public Radio Staff