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City Activism: When foreign policy begins at home

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SO EXASPERATED was one city in southern California with the general lack of action to protect the ozone layer that it has passed its own law restricting the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) within its 7,000-acre jurisdiction. From next summer on, businesses in Irvine that use ozone-depleting compounds must adapt their equipment to prevent the stuff from entering the atmosphere. Irvine is the first city to enact such a ban, though others, including Los Angeles, have placed restrictions on plastic food-packaging that contains CFCs. A mote in the global eye, maybe, but not unusual behaviour for Irvine.

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