This past weekend, one of the most important figures in global environmental politics, Sherwood Rowland passed away. In the 1980s, he and Mario Molina developed the hypothesis that CFCs, in heavy use at the time, could degrade the ozone layer. A argument which resulted eventually in significant action by the states of the world to ban CFCs and similar chemical substances in the Montreal Protocol. He won the 1995 Nobel Chemistry Prize, among other awards.
Others will write better obituaries and reflections on the life of this important scientist. I found Real Climate’s reflections to be appropriate.
I figured I would just let him speak for himself: