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Legal Chemistry: The Toxic Substances Control Act

It’s hard to imagine a more chemistry-centric law than the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The law is usually known by the acronym “TSCA” – Pronounced “tosca” and not to be confused with La Tasca – though pronounced essentially the same, La Tasca deals with things you may actually want to ingest whereas TSCA deals with things you pretty much never want to […]

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Ozone, Ozone Depletion, and the Montreal Protocol (Part 2)

This month’s conclusion to this two-part article looks at some of the legal and policy factors that made the Montreal Protocol possible and successful, and how those may inform efforts to produce a climate treaty. (If you haven’t read Part 1, you can here.) In 1974, an article in Nature suggested that widespread use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) may be depleting […]

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Ozone, Ozone Depletion, and the Montreal Protocol (Part 1)

Between the latest round of climate talks and the weather I’ve had a lot to think about. Over twenty years of international negotiations have yet to produce a binding climate treaty effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The November US-China announcement looks helpful since cooperation and participation by both nations is essential for any serious plan, but the latest round […]

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