In one of few good news stories about our planet’s environment, scientists find the first proof that the ozone hole is shrinking.
While the world’s coral reefs are suffering irreparable damage, there was some good news announced by NASA scientists who have found the first direct proof that ozone depletion is in decline as a result of a global ban on chemical chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the findings showed that the ban has resulted in about 20pc less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than there was in 2005.
This the first year that measurements of chlorine and ozone during the Antarctic winter were made by NASA’s Aura satellite.
The stratospheric ozone hole over Antarctica was first discovered in 1985, sparking fears of immeasurable damage to the Earth as a loss of the ozone layer would lead to our planet being bombarded with harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Two years …