‘It’s not the end of the world’: Scientists warn of ‘potentially catastrophic’ impact of the ozone hole
Scientists warn that the global ozone hole could result in catastrophic changes in global temperatures and weather.
They warn that scientists have not yet identified the exact mechanism behind the hole, but that it could be linked to a changing relationship between carbon dioxide and water.
Scientists said there are no guarantees that ozone depletion will not lead to a change in climate or weather, but they warned that the ozone loss could lead to the depletion of some species, including birds, insects, fish and mammals.
“We think this is going to be one of the most catastrophic events we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes,” said Paul Bock, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
The ozone hole is a cloud of chemicals that protects the Earth from ultraviolet rays, but also helps to protect plants and animals.
It’s the second-most intense ozone hole in the world.
Its impact on the Earth is known as the stratospheric ozone hole.
At its most severe, it’s responsible for more than half of the annual increase in global average temperatures, the International Agency for Research on Cancer said in a recent report.
Ozone depletion has been linked to an increase in CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
Bock said the hole is also a possible culprit in the global warming that has been happening since the 1970s.
NASA says its satellites have captured images of ozone holes in the past, but the hole was first seen in 2000.
This satellite image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), was released by NASA on Oct. 14, 2017.
But Bock said he believes the hole has a much larger impact than the previous images, which were taken over a much smaller area of the planet.
There are three main types of ozone: carbon dioxide, water vapor and nitrogen oxides.
Water vapor is what we breathe.
Carbon dioxide is what comes out of our exhaust pipes, where it reacts with sunlight and water vapor.
Nitrogen oxides are the particles that we create when we burn fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas.
That’s why the ozone holes are sometimes called the smokestacks of the Earth.
While it’s possible that some of these particles have already been stripped off the planet, they could be hiding in the ozone layer, or that they have been pushed into the stratosphere, where they’re less likely to get caught up in the sun’s rays.
If that were the case, Bock told ABC News, the ozone could get pushed out of the atmosphere by the time humans were done burning fossil fuels.
Researchers also don’t know why the hole hasn’t been larger in recent years, but it may be because of human-caused climate change.
A new study found that the hole started expanding more than a century ago.
Although the hole’s size has been increasing for decades, it started expanding at a faster rate than other major atmospheric ozone holes, which have also increased over the last decade, Bocks research team said.
In the future, Bocking and his colleagues say they plan to look at satellite data to see how long the hole continues to grow.
Because the hole remains invisible, scientists are unsure if the hole will be permanent.
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