Earth’s Protective Ozone Layer Is Reportedly Healing, Says UN Report


This is some pretty fantastic news.  It seems that the Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from all the damage that has been caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, according to the latest report coming from the United Nations.

The planet’s ozone layer has been thinning since back in the 1970s. Scientists have been raising the alarms, and ozone-depleting chemicals have been phased out across the globe.

As a result, something significant is happening, and the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely repaired by 2030and the gaping Antarctic ozone hole should disappear in the 2060s, according to this critical scientific assessment that has been released Monday at a conference in Quito, Ecuador.

The Southern Hemisphere is reportedly lagging a bit, and its ozone layer should be healed by mid-century.

“It’s really good news,” said report co-chairman Paul Newman, the chief Earth scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

“If ozone-depleting substances had continued to increase, we would have seen huge effects. We stopped that.”

The success is not complete yet

This is not a complete success, says Brian Toon from the University of Colorado who was not part of this report.

He claims that we are only in the phase in which the recovery has just begun, and some other ozone measurements have not increased yet.

Scientists don’t know yet how much a healed ozone hole will further warm Antarctica, but what they do know are the immediate effects of ozone depletion on the whole world and human health.

The replacements that are currently being used to cool cars and refrigerators have to be replaced themselves with some chemicals that will not be worsening the global warming.

The good news is that an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that is set to go into effect next year would cut use of some of the gases.


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