An international agreement to eliminate ozone-depleting gases is being hailed as a “pivotal moment” in the battle against global warming. The deal, signed by 191 countries, will phase out the use of hydrocloroflourcarbons, or HCFCs, by 2030 – 10 years ahead of an earlier target date. Developed nations have committed to a deadline of 2020. The accord was struck at a UN conference in Montreal.
Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird said: “Today we’re seeing historic action for our environment, real action with real results, no talk, no empty rhetoric. It’s not often that the world can convene in one place, and so quickly come to an international agreement that really satisfies all parties”