Program
Fluorocarbons: The Unfinished Agenda
Producing Organization
KETH (Television station : San Jose, Calif.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-c24qj79034
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Description
Program Description
"'Fluorocarbons: The Unfinished Agenda' explores the remaining global environmental risks posed by continued worldwide use of fluorocarbon chemicals. A growing number of scientists believe that fluorocarbons may someday destroy up to 20% of the earth's ozone layer in the upper atmosphere. Because ozone is earth's natural shield against otherwise lethal levels of solar ultraviolet radiation, a 20% loss could lead to large increases in human skin cancer, as yet unpredictable damage to plants, animals and climatic changes. "Only three countries, the United States, Canada and Sweden have enacted fluorocarbon controls; and these are limited to bans on fluorocarbon aerosol propellants. The uncontrolled uses include virtually all coolants used in refrigeration and air conditioning, industrial solvents and foaming agents. "The basic problem is explained by the scientist who authored the ozone theory in 1974, supported by original animation. The potential skin cancer increase is explained by a leading medical researcher. "Solutions are explored including: Chemical substitutes and technologies that eliminate fluorocarbons altogether, e.g. a new automobile air conditioner that uses only compressed air as the coolant. "The program concludes that passage of environmental regulations usually depends on striking a 'balance' between perceived risks versus the economic benefits of a substance. Because 'proof' of the ozone theory will require many more years of atmospheric measurements, our children will be the final judges of whether responsible decisions are being made today."--1979 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1979-03-01
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:30:39.956
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Credits
Director: Herlick, Nick
Executive Producer: Baker, Peter
Narrator: Holcomb, Russ
Producer: Herlick, Nick
Producing Organization: KETH (Television station : San Jose, Calif.)
Writer: Herlick, Nick
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-abca1afd2d8 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 00:29:00
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Citations
Chicago: “Fluorocarbons: The Unfinished Agenda,” 1979-03-01, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-c24qj79034.
MLA: “Fluorocarbons: The Unfinished Agenda.” 1979-03-01. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-c24qj79034>.
APA: Fluorocarbons: The Unfinished Agenda. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-c24qj79034