Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Vox explains why we don't hear about the ozone layer anymore, some good news about the environment

I haven't mentioned the ozone layer on this blog since R.I.P. George H.W. Bush, the last Republican President I voted for more than three years ago and haven't made it the main subject of a post since Good news everyone! Ozone hole shrinking six years ago. Vox explains the reasons for that in Why you don’t hear about the ozone layer anymore.

Finally, some good news about the environment.
In the ’80s, scientists discovered there was a hole in the ozone over the South Pole. A significant layer of gas that deflects much of the sun’s radiation was disappearing much faster than anyone expected. Projections suggested it would collapse by 2050, increasing skin cancer rates, harming crops, and destroying the marine food chain. The situation was dire. But today, we are on the path to recovery.

Dr. Susan Solomon, among other scientists, contributed key findings to understand what was depleting the ozone layer and how to address it. In this video she takes us back to her expedition to Antarctica, breaks down how we managed to fix this huge problem, and looks at our next big environmental challenge — climate change — with the unbridled optimism that drove her to fix the ozone hole.
If I ever need a video to replace Seeker's What Ever Happened To The Hole In The Ozone Layer? with Trace Dominguez hosting, this will be it. It certainly is, as the video description states, "good news about the environment" that serves as a model of how to treat climate change and enough to make me repost Professor Farnsworth, something else I haven't done since 2018.

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