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    NEAL: BEFORE DOWN THIS MORNING, THIS BALLOON WAS LAUNCHED IN KEY MEXICO. IO CARRIED (A PA???YLOAD OF) SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT??? THE STRATOSPHERE TO ANALYZE THE CHEMISTRY OF THE UPPER ASTROSPHERE (WHILE FLYING THROUGH IT) AT ALTITUDES OF 10 - 20 MILES.



    SCIENTISTS HAVE THEORISED THAT FLUOROCARBON GASSES FROM SPRAY CANS AND REFRIGERANTS HAVE FLOATED UP TO THE STRATOSPHERE TO REACT CHEMICALLY WITH OZONE. THEY SAY THAT THE EARTH MAY BE LOSING AS MUCH AS ONE PERCENT OF ITS STRATOSPHERIC OZONE EVERY YEAR...AND SINCE OZONE FILTERS OUT HARMFUL RADIATION FROM THE SON, THEY SAY THIS COULD CAUSE A DRAMATIC INORSA IN SKIN CANCER...EVEN COULD ALTER THE WORLD'S CLIMATE.



    THE GOVERNMENT HAS MOUNTED (AN ALL OUT CAMPAIGN TO PROVE OR DISPROVE THE TROOPS. THESE BALLOON EXPERIMENT ALREADY HAVE PROVED THAT THERE ARE FIUCROCARBON ON GASSES AT ??? ARE GOING TO THE OZONE.



    THE SPACE ADMINISTRATION IS SPRIDING 14 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO CAT ANS???DRS. A U-2....THE ONE TIME SPY PLANE...HAS BEEN SAMPLING OZONE LEVELS FOR MONTHS AND ONE WAS FLOWN TODAY FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TO BACKUP THE BALLOM LAUNCH.



    SOUNDING ROCKETS, LAUNCHED FROM VIRGINIA, ALSO ARE BEING USED.



    AND SATELLITES ARE SENDING BACK OBSERVATIONS FROM SPACE AS PART OF THE DRIVE TO FIND CUT HOW DANGEROUS THE SITUATION MAY BE.



    GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS SAY...DESPITE THE MASSIVE EFFORT IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME TO COME UP WITH POSITIVE INFORMATION. THE CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT TACK FORCE, DR WARREN NUIR, ???



    SCT: HUIR. SEZ BASED ON PRELIMINARY DATA, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE LIKELY TO FIND THEORY CORRECT.



    NEAL: ???



    ABOUT HALF OF ALL AEROSOL CANS USE FLUOROCARBON GASSES AS PROPELLANTS. THEY ALSO ARE WIDELY USED AS REFRIGERANTS. THE INDUSTRY CLAIMS THAT FLUOROCARBONS ARE AN 9 MILLION PEOPLE.



    THE INDUSTRY ALSO CLAIMS THAT THERE ARE NO ADEQUATE SUBSTITUTES...THAT IT WILL TAKE YARDS TO (RESEARCH AND) DEVELOP ALTERNATIVES.



    SPOKESMEN INDUSTRY PLEAD FOR TIME. TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROBLEM REALLY IS SERIOUS... AND TIME TO FIND A REPLACEMENT.



    SOT: DR RAY MCCARTHY. SEZ WILL TAKE AT LEAST 3 YEAR.



    NEAL: THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE HOPES TO HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION BY NEXT SPRING TO RECOMMEND TO CONGRESS WHAT FIRST STOPS SHOULD BE TAKEN. SOT IT WILL TAKE GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS AT LEAST 2 YEAR AND A HALF TO FIND OUT WHETHER FLUOROCER ARE REALLY ENDANGERING THE ATMOSPHERE. SO MEANINGFUL LOGL???LATION IS NOT EXPECTED BEFORE JANUARY, 1978.



    NEAL: SI F??? WILL CONTINUE IN GENERAL USE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS WHILE THE GOVERNMENT MAKES UP ??? THE GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS SAY THEY CAN SOME SCIENTISTS SAY THAT FLUOROCARBONS SHOULD BE BANKED NOW...WHILE RADIATION LEVELS H???ARE ON EARTH ARE STILL SAFE.



    BUT GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS SAY THAT IF FLUOROCARBONS ARE ACCUMULATING AND STRIPPING OZONE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE, IT WILL PAKE SEVERAL YEARS TO REACH REALLY DANGEROUS LEVELS... SO THEY BELIEVE ??? THERE'S TIME ENOUGH TO FINISH THEIR STUDIES.




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    Film ID:
    VLVAD4P819O3I1EQW5IO2WU7WMHU4
    Media URN:
    VLVAD4P819O3I1EQW5IO2WU7WMHU4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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