chlorofluorocarbons

‘Ozone Friendly’ Chemicals Are Polluting the Environment

‘Ozone Friendly’ Chemicals Are Polluting the Environment

The Montreal Protocol of 1987 committed nations around the world to stop using the chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) that created a hole in the ozone layer. While it stands as one of the most effective environmental commitments the globe has seen, new research shows the side effects have been costly as chemicals dangerous to human health build […]

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    New Study Showing Ozone Recovery Hailed as Model for Tackling Climate Crisis

    New Study Showing Ozone Recovery Hailed as Model for Tackling Climate Crisis

    By Jake Johnson Hailed as an example of how concerted global action can help solve a planetary crisis, a new study conducted by NASA scientists documented the first direct evidence that an international effort to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has led to the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole. Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters […]

    This Year’s Ozone Hole Is the Smallest It’s Been Since 1988

    This Year’s Ozone Hole Is the Smallest It’s Been Since 1988

    The hole in Earth’s ozone layer is the smallest it’s been since 1988, NASA satellite estimates observed. While the ozone hole is still enormous—measuring about 19.6 million square kilometers (7.6 million square miles, or 2.5 times the size of the U.S.) at its annual peak extent this Sept. 11—that’s much smaller compared to the average […]