In the year 2525, the future historian working on a history of the ozone layer (by then long depleted, no doubt) may get a somewhat strange, and arguably distorted, picture of his or her topic when relying all too heavily on the reports of the Implementation Committee under the non-compliance procedure for the Montreal Protocol. Take, for example, the report of the thirty-second meeting of the Implementation Committee, a meeting held in Geneva in July 2004.1 Two things catch the eye. One is that only the poorer nations seem to have compliance problems—the report...
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