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Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone Layer?
news.yahoo.com ^ | 05/07/2010 | Stuart Fox

Posted on 05/07/2010 4:44:30 AM PDT by massmike

Three British scientists shocked the world when they revealed on May 16th, 1985 - 25 years ago - that aerosol chemicals, among other factors, had torn a hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole.

Today, the ozone hole - actually a region of thinned ozone, not actually a pure hole - doesn't make headlines like it used to. The size of the hole has stabilized, thanks to decades of aerosol-banning legislation. But, scientists warn, some danger still remains. First, the good news: Since the 1989 Montreal Protocol banned the use of ozone-depleting chemicals worldwide, the ozone hole has stopped growing. Additionally, the ozone layer is blocking more cancer-causing radiation than any time in a decade because its average thickness has increased, according to a 2006 United Nations report. Atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting chemicals have reached their lowest levels since peaking in the 1990s, and the hole has begun to shrink.

Now the bad news: The ozone layer has also thinned over the North Pole. This thinning is predicted to continue for the next 15 years due to weather-related phenomena that scientists still cannot fully explain, according to the same UN report .

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ozone

1 posted on 05/07/2010 4:44:30 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Somebody made a Hole-in-One...


2 posted on 05/07/2010 4:45:57 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: massmike
This thinning is predicted to continue for the next 15 years due to weather-related phenomena...

But....but...but......I thought Al Gore said that all of us terrible humans were causing the problem!

3 posted on 05/07/2010 4:46:10 AM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: massmike

It moved to Montecito, California!


4 posted on 05/07/2010 4:47:50 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Vera Baker rumors--The Obama White House solution to imminent 'himbo' eruptions!)
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To: massmike

Remember, the ozone hole was only over Kinnebunkport.

Now that the Bush family is in Texas there is no need for an ozone hole.


5 posted on 05/07/2010 4:48:14 AM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: massmike

6 posted on 05/07/2010 4:49:19 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: massmike

It’s as big as ever, shhh, don’t tell the eco-nut jobs.

The sun creates the ozone hole, the sun destroys the ozone hole. It’s another one of those liberal things that just isn’t true. It has to do with the balance of UV-A and UV-B coming from the sun.


7 posted on 05/07/2010 4:50:48 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: massmike

Don’t look at me. I didn’t take it.


8 posted on 05/07/2010 4:51:16 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: massmike

9 posted on 05/07/2010 4:51:51 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Tennessee Nana

obama will save just like he created jobs, stimuated the housing market & protected our country by maintaining a strong nuclear defense...oops were screwed!!


10 posted on 05/07/2010 4:53:12 AM PDT by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: massmike

Junk science. The banning of aerosol propellants worked for the south pole but they can’t figure out the north pole problem. If that isn’t the classic case of a casual (not causal) relationship, I never heard one.


11 posted on 05/07/2010 4:53:14 AM PDT by anton
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To: massmike

The ozone hole didn’t impact enough people. At most a few frogs in Australia got sunburned. The eco-wackos needed something bigger. Much bigger, so they came up with the CO2 scam.

DuPont and others made tons of money on the shift to new refrigerants so a new scam was needed


12 posted on 05/07/2010 4:53:51 AM PDT by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: massmike
So even though environmentally friendly laws have successfully reversed the trend of ozone depletion, the lingering effects of aerosol use, and the link between the ozone hole and global warming, virtually ensure that this problem will persist until the end of the century.

So don't worry and don't fret, all is still right in liberal-land.

13 posted on 05/07/2010 4:54:34 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: massmike
The lying bastards can explain neither how the heavier-than-air CFCs get way up there to affect the ozone layer, nor how 38/100ths of a percent of CO2 can form a layer in the atmospheric gases and trap heat.

It's all just an agenda driven attempt to quash economic freedom.

14 posted on 05/07/2010 4:56:57 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans, the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: massmike

Ahhh, but this data is from 2006. How much ozone has been saved or created since the immaculation of the annointed one?


15 posted on 05/07/2010 4:57:57 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (The Constitution. How quaint.)
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To: massmike

It closed in Nov. 2009. About the same time the ocean levels stopped rising.


16 posted on 05/07/2010 5:00:31 AM PDT by workerbee (Yes, I hate Obama because of his color: RED!)
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To: All

Make that Nov. 2008.


17 posted on 05/07/2010 5:01:04 AM PDT by workerbee (Yes, I hate Obama because of his color: RED!)
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To: Tarpon
Algore found the hole, but his ozone sure smells funny.


18 posted on 05/07/2010 5:06:37 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: massmike

“The size of the hole has stabilized, thanks to decades of aerosol-banning legislation.”

Purest conjecture from eco-scientists and eco-loonies collecting fat paychecks and/or the warm fuzzies from a fictional eco-crisis “corrected” by a nonsensical fix.


19 posted on 05/07/2010 5:06:38 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: anton
Junk science. The banning of aerosol propellants worked for the south pole but they can’t figure out the north pole problem. If that isn’t the classic case of a casual (not causal) relationship, I never heard one.

All the "ozone depleting chemicals" were heavier then air. How did they get up all those miles to perform this chemical process? Answer: It was about destroying an existing market AFTER having setup its replacement quietly in the background, to be forced by new laws. Just like what's happening today.

20 posted on 05/07/2010 5:07:09 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: massmike

The hole was plugged during a secret NASA mission carried out years ago, in which a gigantic can of “Fix-A-Flat” was launched into the upper atmosphere.


21 posted on 05/07/2010 5:08:22 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: massmike

Ozone is created when radiation enters the atmosphere and strikes water.
Therefore, it is a self-healing process, when any gap might occur.

It simply wasn’t scaring enough people into the action desired by enviro-extremists.


22 posted on 05/07/2010 5:11:43 AM PDT by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
nor how 38/100ths

38/1000ths

23 posted on 05/07/2010 5:12:15 AM PDT by DaveArk
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To: GreenHornet

Don’t know about the O-hole, but the A-HOLE is in Wash. DC in the whitehouse.


24 posted on 05/07/2010 5:13:29 AM PDT by Huebolt (Government bureaucracies: DE-UNIONIZE, DOWNSIZE, DECENTRALIZE)
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To: dennisw
The ozone-hole scam was a test run to see if one obscure research paper and a hyperventilating complicit media could sway public opinion enough to pass draconian legislation on vast swaths of the economy, and it worked. It laid the groundwork and provided valuable lessons for future endeavors like “global climate change”.
25 posted on 05/07/2010 5:16:40 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Huebolt
Don’t know about the O-hole, but the A-HOLE is in Wash. DC in the whitehouse.

Now THAT is bumper sticker/tee-shirt material!

Well done!

(I hope you realize I'm stealing that one!)

26 posted on 05/07/2010 5:16:47 AM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: DaveArk

Thanks, I owe you a zero.


27 posted on 05/07/2010 5:17:01 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans, the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: massmike

Now there’s a hole in the bottom of the sea ....


28 posted on 05/07/2010 5:18:04 AM PDT by silverleaf
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To: massmike
This thinning is predicted to continue for the next 15 years due to weather-related phenomena that scientists still cannot fully explain, according to the same UN report .

So even though environmentally friendly laws have successfully reversed the trend of ozone depletion, the lingering effects of aerosol use, and the link between the ozone hole and global warming, virtually ensure that this problem will persist until the end of the century.

Whoever these idiots are at the UN, they contradict themselves, and they are so smart, we couldn't possibly notice.

29 posted on 05/07/2010 5:22:04 AM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: massmike

Another BS theory perpetrated and profited on by Al Gore!!!


30 posted on 05/07/2010 5:22:15 AM PDT by ontap
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To: anton
I have asked several “scientists” that are ozone hole shriekers how the CFC’s know to go South and find the area over the pole. None has even attempted an answer other than “it is a mechanism we do not understand and it needs more study”. Yea right.
31 posted on 05/07/2010 5:23:48 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (If you can read this you are the resistance.)
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To: USS Alaska

LOL ... I didn’t know al could do that.


32 posted on 05/07/2010 5:24:28 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: massmike
"Whatever happened to the Ozone hole?"

Obama's ego has plugged the hole nicely, for now.

33 posted on 05/07/2010 5:25:40 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Jack Hammer

Ancient priests claimed that blood sacrifice motivates the gods to act kindly on our behalf. The same sort of magic is promulgated today by politicians and their so called scientist lackeys. Stop using hairspray and deoderant and the ozone hole will heal, they claim. When it heals, of course, they make it proof of their ridiculous claims.
Reducing carbon dioxide will save what exactly? Trees? I don’t think so. Will it make Canada colder? Who, precisely, finds that desirable? If the seas do not rise precipitously and the sun does not burn us to a crisp they credit their warnings of doom with saving the planet.
These are nothing more or less than shaman con men seeking to bilk society. Gore is the quintessential example of a con artist become wealthy. These are charlatans, deserving of imprisonment, not plaudits.


34 posted on 05/07/2010 5:58:28 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (He is the son of soulless slavers, not the son of soulful slaves.)
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To: Amos the Prophet

The hole in the Ozone Layer which started with the release of Van Halen I, started shrinking after the release of Nevermind by Nirvana. It seems that the expansion of the hole coincided with the Hair Metal period where sales of Final Net went through the roof. No pun intended. As “the roof” was the nomenclature for the big hair sported by head bangers and their girlfriends. The epicenter of the hole surprisingly was not Los Angeles, but Revere Beach in Revere, MA. When the Hair Metal genre died overnight. The hole receded. As did the hair lines of those Head Bangers.


35 posted on 05/07/2010 6:08:53 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Amos the Prophet

“These are nothing more or less than shaman con men seeking to bilk society.”

VERY well put.


36 posted on 05/07/2010 6:18:00 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: massmike

The ozone layer was discovered after WWII using an instrumented V2 rocket at White Sands. Global monitoring and mapping of the layer did not occur until much later.

I have not studied the history in detail, but this article claims the ozone hole was discovered in 1985. Data presented on pertinent web sites ( http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/stratosphere/polar/polar.shtml and links) include data from 1979 on. That of the early years appears to be sporatic. If the “hole” was not discovered until 1985, that indicates that early data is suspect, since it may be reconstructed to support the hypothesis. Obviously later data will support the hypothesis, since you already know what to look for and only measure that. In any case there needs to me more convincing evidence that the “ozone hole” never existed before its discovery.


37 posted on 05/07/2010 7:50:10 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: massmike
please do! A picture of the earth with a big arrow pointing to THE WORLD'S O-HOLE,

and a picture of obama with a big arrow pointing to THE WORLD'S A-HOLE. (might work...)

38 posted on 05/07/2010 9:19:44 AM PDT by Huebolt (Government bureaucracies: DE-UNIONIZE, DOWNSIZE, DECENTRALIZE)
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