Ozone Layer hole wider than Antarctica, says CAMS

ozone layer wider than Antarctica

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) scientists say that the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole is now wider than Antarctica.

The CAMS continuously monitors the ozone layer on Earth, documenting the establishment and growth of the yearly chemical ozone degradation that leads to the hole’s development.

Due to human-made chemicals, the Earth’s protective ozone layer depletes and produces a hole over the South Pole every Spring.

According to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service scientists, this year’s hole is rapidly increasing and is greater than 75% of ozone holes at this point in the season since 1979.

Therefore, according to the director of the CAMS, Vincent-Henri Peuch, the ozone hole may continue to develop slightly over the following two or three weeks.

“This year, the ozone hole developed as expected at the start of the season. It seems pretty similar to last year’s, which also wasn’t really exceptional in September, but then turned into one of the longest-lasting ozone holes in our data record later in the season.”

In the 1980s, the Antarctic ozone hole was identified. Chemicals have dissolved the protective barrier over the area, exposing residents to hazardous ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

The ozone hole located in areas with a population puts people at risk of being exposed to harmful quantities of UV light.

The ozone layer has begun to heal since the halocarbon prohibition, but it is a gradual process that will take until the 2060s or 2070s to completely phase out ozone-depleting compounds.

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