I haven’t heard much about it lately.
It must not be fitting in with the current “end of the world” “climate change” narrative.
According to Chris Ciaccia of Fox News, ‘“Ozone hole is the smallest on record,’ NASA says.”
“Smallest on record?!”
Why haven’t we heard more about this?!
Another case of liberal propaganda by omission I would suspect.
NASA also says this is due to a “rare” event, however.
Ahhhhh, the predictable disclaimer whenever “good news” needs to be tempered in order to not harm the existing narrative!
“Unusual weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica have caused a drastic reduction in ozone depletion, leaving the ozone with the smallest hole seen since its discovery in 1982, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”
First of all…, the ozone hole wasn’t even discovered until 1982!
That means we have a whopping 37 years of ozone hole history and thousands of years, or millions of years, or billions of years (depending on your belief of the age of the Earth) where we have no idea about the condition of an ozone hole, or if there even was one.
Let’s just go ahead and say that NASA has no scientific idea about what is normal and what isn’t, in regards to the ozone hole.
“Government agencies said that the hole had shrunk to 3.9 million square miles for the remainder of September and October, according to satellite data. The peak in the hole was 6.3 million square miles, observed on Sept. 8. During normal weather conditions, the hole is usually around 8 million square miles during this time of year.”
‘“It’s great news for ozone in the Southern Hemisphere,’ said Paul Newman, chief scientist for Earth Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in a statement on NASA’s website. ‘But it’s important to recognize that what we’re seeing this year is due to warmer stratospheric temperatures. It’s not a sign that atmospheric ozone is suddenly on a fast track to recovery.’”
I’m sorry Mr. Newman, but “it’s important to recognize” that you and your friends really have no idea what anything is “due” to, or what is causing what, or what’s “normal” and what isn’t.
“The ozone layer is approximately 7 to 25 miles above the Earth’s surface and acts as a ‘sunscreen’ for the planet, NASA added. It keeps out harmful ultraviolet radiation from the Sun that has been linked to skin cancer, cataracts, immune system suppression and can also cause damage to plants.”
“The hole over the Antarctic forms during the Southern Hemisphere’s late winter as the Sun’s rays start to cause ozone-depleting reactions. This involves chlorine and bromine from man-made objects being released into the stratosphere which then destroys the molecules in the ozone.”
‘“It’s a rare event that we’re still trying to understand,’ said Susan Strahan, an atmospheric scientist. ‘If the warming hadn’t happened, we’d likely be looking at a much more typical ozone hole.’”
Again, I’m sorry Ms. Strahan, but you really don’t have a clue about what “a typical ozone hole” is really, or what we’d be looking at based on anything happening. The only thing you said that I believe is, “we’re still trying to understand.”
You just go ahead and keep on trying.
“The 1987 Montreal Protocol was enacted after scientists disturbingly found a hole in the ozone over Antarctica and Australia in 1985. It was enacted by the United Nations Environment Program. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it was ‘perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date’ and it has been widely regarded as successful, with the ozone continuing to recover each year.”
Again…, and again, I’m sorry, but why did these scientists find the ozone hole “disturbing?”
They had no prior data to work with.
Perhaps the hole was alarmingly small compared to the prior 10,000 years?
They didn’t know.
They had no historical data to point to.
It was just another “The sky is falling!” environmental whacko alarm, intent on attacking America’s way of life, even though we are not anywhere near the biggest environmental offenders.
Just as with ocean pollution, China has been found to be the major culprit damaging the ozone layer with the continued use of illegal gases.
“In May 2018, a startling study revealed that there was an ‘unexpected and persistent increase’ of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere. At the time, scientists could not pinpoint the exact location of the polluting and ozone-depleting gas, but subsequent media reports suggested that the clues lead to a rural industrial town in China.”
“Now, a new study confirms that the rise in CFCs, to the tune of 7,000 metric tons, is indeed coming from northeastern China based on atmospheric observations.”
“In a statement provided to Fox News, acting Head of UN Environment Joyce Msuya said: ‘Action is being taken by all parties at the international level and by China domestically. Additional scientific research is being done to pinpoint the sources and possible illegal uses of the CFC-11. Given the large amount of emissions, all parties appreciate the urgency to ensure the ongoing protection of the Ozone Layer. This is a priority for the UN Environment Program.’”
Believe me, the only action being taken by China is figuring out how they can avoid being detected in the future.
These diplomats are either extremely gullible or extremely stupid.
Tell me again what the UN has ever really accomplished?
I guess it’s good that we have a forum (the UN) where communication at least exists between all countries…, but that’s about it.
One hundred ninety-seven countries, including the U.S. under former President Ronald Reagan and China, are signatories of the Montreal Protocol.
For many of these countries, and especially China, these agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, however.
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