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NASA Says Hole In Ozone Layer Is Closing and Will Be ‘Healed’ By 2050


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I’m sure most people didn’t know about the ozone layer back in 1800s but that’s no longer the case. Ozone layer and global warming are easily the most used terms in today’s world. And why wouldn’t they be? The hole in the ozone layer over Antartica grasped the attention of many. Treaties such as the Montreal Protocol (1987), a global treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion

The depletion of ozone layer meant that harmful UV rays could reach the Earth and cause skin cancer and many other diseases. This obviously had to be dealt with since humans love themselves a bit too much. After a lot of research, scientists figured out that chlorine in the atmosphere reacted with the ozone molecules in the presence of sunlight and destroyed the layer. Many of us hadn’t even realized until late ‘80s and ‘90s that we had been pumping chlorine into the atmosphere when we used things like old refrigerators, aerosols etc. It was only three decades ago when we identified this problem as a real environmental threat.

However, it’s never too late – even though most of us thought it was. The ozone layer over Antarctica is finally closing up and scientific predictions suggest that if efforts are continued, it’ll be permanently closed by the year 2050. How wonderful would that be?

Researchers all over the world are congratulating each other because just when the Earth was on the verge of collapsing (slightly exaggerated) it’s now on its way to recovery. A lead researcher at MIT, Susan Solomon, expressed her happiness saying,

We can now be confident that the things we’ve done have put the planet on a path to heal.

The ozone hole is constantly being monitored and measured. Researchers are now using new longitudinal measurements; they’re saying that the hole has shrunk by almost 4 million square kilometres since its highest level in 2000 – roughly 1/2 the size of mainland US.

Ms. Solomon also appreciated the team work saying,

Aren’t we amazing humans, that we did something that created a situation that we decided collectively, as a world, ‘Let’s get rid of these molecules’? We got rid of them, and now we’re seeing the planet respond.

She believes that we can overcome any obstacle if we work together as she concluded her remarks saying,

This is a reminder that when the world gets together, we really can solve environmental problems,” “I think we should all congratulate ourselves on a job well done.

So good job everyone- keep doing what you’re doing and don’t forget to create awareness.

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Tania Imran

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1 Comment to NASA Says Hole In Ozone Layer Is Closing and Will Be ‘Healed’ By 2050

  1. Andrew Russell

    Cool! One down 15 to go:
    Over Population will lead to starvation (Eugenics)
    Running out of Fossil Fuels
    Heavy Metal Poisening & Chelation
    DTE and Pesticides thinning Eggs
    Nuclear Leaks/Meltdowns
    Rivers becoming so polluted that they Burn
    Acid Rain Melting our Skin
    Toxins in everything requiring Cleanses
    Mercury in Fish/Tooth Fillings
    Floride in our Water
    Artificial Sweeteners causing Cancer
    GMO Crops Poisoning Us
    Immunizations Killing our children or causing autism
    Phracking Causing Earthquakes
    And, of course… Global Warming!

    Repeated enough times, the ideas take hold and persist in subcultures for years. Even the disproven fears flair up again in tiny pockets. Eventually nobody can remember if each “was real” or “did we stopped that?”

    Is it just me, or is does the USA have a history of capitalizing on “FEAR INDUSTRIES” which target a particular segment of our society with dire predictions that do not come to pass?

    How much stress, distress, misery and fear have these things caused over the years compared to their direct impact on those that worried?

    I’m only philosophically pondering. I think I’ll just focus on my immediate work and life. I’ll focus on the items in my immediate “Realm of Control” and I’ll do my part to elect officials to handle the rest on my behalf.

    Some may call me deluded or “unaware”, but I’m happy.

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