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Thu May 17, 2018, 11:20 AM

Thursday briefing: Who is destroying the ozone layer again?

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Source: The Guardian

Scientists have detected a mysterious and “shocking” rise in the world’s atmospheric levels of CFCs, the gas banned since the 1980s because it attacks the Earth’s protective ozone layer.

Chlorofluorocarbons were used in making foams for furniture and buildings, in aerosols and as refrigerants. But they were banned after the discovery of the ozone hole over Antarctica. Experts at the NOAA science agency in the US say they have ruled out the expected leaks of CFC-11 from those historical sources, or other atmospheric factors, in trying to explain the sudden sharp increase. “You are left with, boy, it really looks like somebody is making it new,” said Stephen Montzka at the NOAA.

Since 2007, there has been essentially zero reported production of CFC-11. The source of the new emissions has been tracked to east Asia, but finding a more precise location requires further investigation. Failing to do so could set back the ozone layer’s recovery by 10 years or more, say experts. Hopefully, says Montzka, “somebody who was maybe doing it purposefully will realise – oh, someone is paying attention – and stop doing it”.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/17/thursday-briefing-who-is-destroying-the-ozone-layer-again

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Thu May 17, 2018, 11:24 AM

1. Scary

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Thu May 17, 2018, 02:38 PM

2. Locking - the web page is a summary analysis of previous stories

(after the excerpted 3 paragraphs, it moves on to subjects such as the Grenfell Tower fire), rather than a news article.

Please either repost in GD, or join the threads in Environment and Energy:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1127117213
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1127117220

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