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19.09.2005 General News

Green Earth calls for ban on imported fridges

By GNA

Kumasi, Sept 19, GNA - The Ashanti Regional branch of the Green Earth Organisation has called on the Government to ban importation of second hand fridges into the country to help reduce the release of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere.

In a statement issued in Kumasi and signed by Nana Tom Osei Owusu, Ashanti Regional Coordinator of the Organisation to mark World Ozone Day, it expressed concern about the booming business of importing second fridges by some few rich people to the detriment of the masses in the society.

The statement said the obvious danger from the reduction in the amount of ozone in the atmosphere was the increase in the amount of ultraviolet radiation reaching the surface of the earth. This had resulted in the sudden upsurge of skin cancer and other danger to the local biological life.

It attributed the massive reduction in the thickness of the ozone over the years to the use of CFC materials and urged the government to respect the Montreal Protocol of which the nation is a signatory and enforce the laws banning the use of CFCs in the country.

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