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NEWS: Antarctic Ozone Hole Widens Sharply

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posted on Aug, 30 2005 @ 09:30 PM
Data sent back by the Europeon Space Agencies Envisat has shown that the hole in the Ozone Layer above the Antarctic now covers 10 million square kilometres which is an area as large as Europe. The seasonal hole has widened sharply making it the biggest in five years and the third largest size ever recorded. The hole is likely to expand further over the next few weeks peaking in mid to late September.
New readings from the European satellite Envisat suggest that this year's southern hemisphere ozone hole may be one of the largest on record.

There have been signs over the last two years that damage to the ozone layer has reduced, but a full recovery is not expected until around 2050.

The data comes from the Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (Sciamachy) on board Envisat, launched in 2002 and operated by the European Space Agency (Esa).

Envisat In Orbit

They show that the Antarctic ozone hole was larger in mid-August this year than at the same period in any year since 2000.

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After signs that the hole in the ozone layer had reduced this is not good news for the world community. Hopefully the hole does not get much bigger before it's peak and no effects are felt by the widened hole. Is this a sign that more needs to be done to contain the release of CFC's?

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[edit on 30-8-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Aug, 30 2005 @ 09:34 PM
"Is this a sign that more needs to be done to contain the release of CFC's?"

We cut way back on CFCs a decade ago. Why didn't the hole shrink significantly? Answer... because the two are not related. CFCs are heavier than air. They cannot get up to the ozone layer. The ozone hole is tied more to temperature. Scientists made a mistake in their scam by saying a year or two ago that the hole was at record size because of an unusually cold antarctic winter.


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