A CALL has been made at a meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, for developing countries to be given less time to phase out the CFC substitute HCFC's, which also damages patches of the gas in the high atmosphere.

At a meeting in Montreal, (24-26 July) the European Union called for the existing timetable for phasing out HCFC's in poor countries to be speeded up, given the availability of cheap alternatives and the fact that "while much less destructive...than CFCs, HCFCs do ...

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