The damage caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) came to light in the 1980s when scientists discovered a huge hole in the ozone layer.
Since the ban on CFCs came into effect, the ozone layer has been recovering, but only very slowly. CFCs released from aerosol cans, refrigerators and air conditioning systems continue to damage layers of the stratosphere decades after their release.
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 21, 2014) Cancer experts in Chile are warning people limit their exposure to the sun as dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation are expected over the next few months. A recently released report ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 23, 2013) Engineering students in Gaza have designed a prototype ozone gas generator to sterilise hospital rooms, a difficult task in a country living with economic sanctions imposed by the surrounding state ... watch video
Newsy (Sep. 11, 2014) The Ozone layer is recovering thickness! Hooray! But in helping its recovery, we may have also helped put more greenhouse gases out there. Hooray?
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Reuters (Jan. 8, 2013) A Japanese-led project aims to drill to the Earth's mantle, a 3000 kilometer-thick layer of slowly deforming rock between the crust and the core. In its early stages, the $US1 billion mission would ... watch video
AP (Apr. 3, 2014) Schools have closed their playgrounds and ambulance staff are reporting a surge in breathing problems as smog blankets parts of England for a second day. Northern Germany was also affected with a ... watch video
Sep. 3, 2015 Spatially corrected sea-level records for the Pacific coast indicate that uplift rates are overestimated by 40 percent, scientists report. Uplift is the vertical elevation of Earth's surface in ... read more
Sep. 3, 2015 Does it help when farms share the land with birds and other animals? The short answer is 'no,' based on the diversity of bird species. If the goal is to preserve more bird species, representing a ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 According to the 23-year record of satellite data from NASA and its partners, the sea level is rising a few millimeters a year -- a fraction of an inch. If you live on the ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 For thousands of years, sea level has remained relatively stable and human communities have settled along the planet's coastlines. But now Earth's seas are rising. Globally, ... read more
June 3, 2014 Two new chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one new hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) have been found in the atmosphere by a group of scientists. Scientists made the discovery by comparing today's air ... read more
Apr. 14, 2014 Since the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, scientists, policymakers, and the public have wondered whether we might someday see a similarly extreme depletion of ozone over the Arctic. But a new ... read more
Mar. 9, 2014 Scientists at the University of East Anglia have identified four new human-made gases in the atmosphere -- all of which are contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer. New research reveals ... read more
Jan. 19, 2012 Extraordinarily cold temperatures in the winter of 2010/2011 caused the most massive destruction of the ozone layer above the Arctic so far: The mechanisms leading to the first ozone hole above the ... read more