Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone Layer

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  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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    <table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="alt2" style="border: 1px inset;"> Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone Layer?

    Stuart Fox
    – Thu May 6, 8:50 am ET
    Three British scientists shocked the world when they revealed on May 16th, 1985 - 25 years ago - that aerosol chemicals, among other factors, had torn a hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole. The ozone layer, which protects life on Earth from damaging solar radiation, became an overnight sensation. And the hole in the ozone layer became the poster-child for mankind's impact on the planet.
    Today, the ozone hole - actually a region of thinned ozone, not actually a pure hole - doesn't make headlines like it used to. The size of the hole has stabilized, thanks to decades of aerosol-banning legislation. But, scientists warn, some danger still remains.
    First, the good news: Since the 1989 Montreal Protocol banned the use of ozone-depleting chemicals worldwide, the ozone hole has stopped growing. Additionally, the ozone layer is blocking more cancer-causing radiation than any time in a decade because its average thickness has increased, according to a 2006 United Nations report. Atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting chemicals have reached their lowest levels since peaking in the 1990s, and the hole has begun to shrink.
    Now the bad news: The ozone layer has also thinned over the North Pole. This thinning is predicted to continue for the next 15 years due to weather-related phenomena that scientists still cannot fully explain, according to the same UN report . And, repairing the ozone hole over the South Pole will take longer than previously expected, and won't finish until between 2060 and 2075. Scientists now understand that the size of the ozone hole varies dramatically from year to year, which complicates attempts to accurately predict the hole's future size.
    Interestingly, recent studies have shown that the size of the ozone hole affects the global temperature. Closing the ozone hole actually speeds up the melting of the polar ice caps, according to a 2009 study from Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.
    So even though environmentally friendly laws have successfully reversed the trend of ozone depletion, the lingering effects of aerosol use, and the link between the ozone hole and global warming, virtually ensure that this problem will persist until the end of the century. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    Interesting times we live in
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It's called "High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program " ...also known as HAARP.
  3. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I think its called feed me full of sheet research program [shtf][beer]
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Isn't that the same bunch of clowns that screwed up the global warming research?
  5. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    Aliens.. had to be aliens.. oh.. and it was Bush's fault..lol
  6. fmhuff

    fmhuff Monkey+++

    It was loosing traction so they switched to global warming, er, global cooling, er, climate change. Yeah that's it Climate Change. :rolleyes:
  7. BigO01

    BigO01 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Man I think they need to scrap the "Global Warming " and go back to the panic of the early 80's of "The Ice Age is Coming !!" Here we are on May 9th 3am and the temp is only 46 .

    I mean OMG if the Climate is getting Warmer shouldn't it be at least 80 ?!

    Hang on I think I see a Glacier sliding through my front yard !!! [lolol]
  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    GOOD NEWS for those poor endangered polar bears......... [lolol]
  9. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    There has always been and there always will be a hole in the OZONE layer

    It is simple physics as to why and it has nothing to do with chloroflourocarbons, human activity or the easter bunny.

    Oxygen is a negatively charged atom. Ozone is 3 oxygen atoms, so it is highly negatively charged. The magnetic field at the south pole is negatively charged.


    WALLLAAAA HOLE IN OZONE layer at south pole.
  10. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Yeah, but now you'll confuse the "Junk Scientists" with real science...... [dunno]
  11. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    If this "hole" has stopped expandingand may be shrinking over the south pole and is starting to "open" over the north pole, then a magnetic shift may be coming.
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