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International Seminar on Ozone Layer Protection Opens in Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 99/08/06 Compiled by Thubten (Sam) Samdup]

[Xinhua is an official news agency of the PRC]

August 5, 1999

Xinhua via NewsEdge Corporation: LHASA (Aug. 4) XINHUA - An international seminar on protection of the Earth's ozone layer opened today in this capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

More than 100 Chinese and foreign experts and officials from related departments of the United Nations, Sweden and China's State Environment Protection Administration are attending the seminar, and have warned that human beings cannot exist without the ozonosphere.

They also discussed global protection of the ozone layer, environment protection on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and ways to decrease the production and use of Freon in developing countries.

To date, 168 countries have agreed to the Montreal Pact on Ozonosphere Protection. It is estimated that the production of Freon has reduced the ozone layer by as much as 10 million tons.

A UN official said that the various man-made gases are destroying the ozonosphere, and this could lead to many diseases such as skin cancer and cataracts, as well as do irreparable harm to agricultural production.

Human activities in Tibet have also caused some loss to the ozone layer in summer and further protection of the natural environment in this region remains an urgent task.


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