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  • Did we really save the Ozone Layer?

    11/02/2015 5:02:13 AM PST · by norwaypinesavage · 23 replies
    Watt's Up With That ^ | October 26, 2015 | Steve Goreham
    Another year has passed and that stubborn Ozone Hole over Antarctica refuses to go away...The Ozone Layer is known to block ultraviolet rays, shielding the surface of Earth from high-energy radiation. Scientists were concerned that degradation of the ozone layer would increase rates of skin cancer and cataracts and cause immune system problems in humans...World consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances has been reduced to zero over the last three decades
  • Antarctic ozone hole at near record size

    10/31/2015 7:20:50 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 29, 2015
    The Antarctic ozone hole has swelled this month to one of its biggest sizes on record, U.N. and U.S. scientists say, insisting that the Earth-shielding ozone layer remains on track to long-term recovery but saying residents of the southern hemisphere should be on watch for high UV levels in the weeks ahead.
  • U.N. climate agency says "Don't panic!" as ozone hole gets wider

    10/29/2015 7:07:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 10/28/15 | Tom Miles
    ENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N.'s weather and climate agency said on Thursday there was no cause for alarm about a record-size hole this month in the ozone layer, that shields life on earth from the sun, as it should shrink again. The ozone hole that appears over Antarctica fluctuates in size, normally reaching its widest in the polar spring as extreme cold temperatures in the stratosphere and the return of sunlight unleash chlorine radicals that destroy ozone. Last year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said it detected the first sign of ozone recovery, largely thanks to a 1987 ban on...
  • Ozone Hole Won't Heal Until 2070, NASA Finds

    12/14/2013 10:38:19 AM PST · by facedown · 54 replies
    Live Science via Yahoo News ^ | December 12, 2013 | Tia Ghose
    SAN FRANCISCO — The banning of ozone-depleting chemicals hasn't yet caused detectable improvements in the Antarctic ozone hole, new research suggests. Instead, changes in the South Pole's ozone hole from year-to-year are likely the result of natural variations in wind patterns, researchers said here Wednesday (Dec. 11) in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The findings suggest that measuring the total size of the ozone hole says little about ozone depletion, and that it's misleading to use the hole's extent alone to measure environmental progress.
  • Ozone hole above the Arctic has actually been caused by COLD Weather

    01/29/2012 9:09:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 Jan 2012 | Rob Waugh
    The first ozone hole above the North Pole has been aggravated by extraordinarily cold winter temperatures, say scientists. Cooling of the ozone layer enhances the effect of ozone-destroying substances such as chlorofluorocarbons - CFC. A repeated ozone hole above the Arctic is to be expected, say scientists from the KIT Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research. About a year ago, the scientists detected that ozone degradation above the Arctic for the first time reached an extent comparable to that of the ozone hole above the South Pole. At a level of around 13 miles above the ground, 80 per cent...
  • EPA's Planned Phaseout of Harmful Refrigerant Hits Snag [R-22]

    08/30/2011 7:12:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 18, 2011 | By GABRIEL NELSON of Greenwire
    Eighteen months after the Obama administration came out with new rules to stop refrigerants in air conditioners from thinning the Earth's protective ozone layer, an unexpected quirk has divided the industry and could have implications for the atmosphere. Much of the equipment being installed in American homes is still getting its cooling power from an ozone-depleting gas that was supposed to be phased out, says a group of disgruntled appliance makers, including the makers of Carrier and Trane air conditioners. Five companies wrote a letter (pdf) to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson this week saying the agency inadvertently left a loophole...
  • Five Decades Of Cooling Ahead

    12/24/2009 3:44:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 86 replies · 4,041+ views ^ | December 24, 2009 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Climate Change: A peer-reviewed study by a respected Canadian physicist blames the interplay of cosmic rays and chlorofluorocarbons for 20th-century warming. The CFCs are now gone, and so is warming — perhaps for the next 50 years. Much of the nation got a white Christmas this year, some in unprecedented quantities. A record-breaking storm deposited 12 to 30 inches of snow in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Many places set records for the most snow in a single December day as more than 50% of the U.S. was covered by the white stuff. Scientists (and here we use the word...
  • Montreal Protocol and the ozone crisis that wasn't

    07/17/2009 9:51:22 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 3 replies · 493+ views
    Critical Opinion ^ | 13 Sep 2007 | Ben Lieberman
    The international treaty to protect the ozone layer turns twenty this year and claims success. But is there really reason to celebrate? Environmentalists have made many apocalyptic predictions over the past decades and, when they have not come to pass, have proclaimed that their preventive measures averted disaster -- as with the 1987 Montreal Protocol On Substances That Deplete The Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol). The many lurid predictions of skin cancer epidemics, eco-system destruction and so on have not come true, and to Montreal Protocol proponents this is cause for self-congratulation. But in retrospect the evidence shows that ozone depletion...
  • Bidding Adieu to R-22

    07/17/2009 9:16:43 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 15 replies · 707+ views
    Contracting Business Magazine ^ | 7/1/2009 | Matt Michel
    In a few months, the last R-22 air conditioner will roll down the assembly line, as the industry completes the Herculean effort to redesign every product, retool every factory, and retrain every technician for the conversion to R-410A. Yet, even now, momentum is building to phase-out R-410A. Dumping R-410A would be even more ridiculous than phasing out R-22. R-22 was served a death sentence with the 1987 Montreal Protocol, created in response to reported thinning of the ozone layer. Urgency was based on the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole in 1985. We were told drastic action was required to...
  • The Space Shuttle Tragedy's Green Connection

    08/06/2003 9:44:00 AM PDT · by Maria S · 11 replies · 703+ views ^ | August 6, 2003 | Jon Berlau
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, said in July that it had found the "smoking gun" that caused the space shuttle Columbia to break apart as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1: a piece of foam that had peeled off the external fuel tank and struck the shuttle's wing 1 minute and 22 seconds after liftoff. But many experts looking at the tragedy that killed seven astronauts say there is a deeper cause. They say that the metaphorical smoking gun should be painted green. Because of demands that the agency help to front for...
  • WMO expects 'normal' ozone hole over Antarctica in 2008

    08/29/2008 2:30:58 PM PDT · by decimon · 2 replies · 151+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug 29, 2008 | Unknown
    The shear face of the massive B-15A iceberg after it broke off the Ross Ice Shelf in Antartica in 2001. The World Meteorological Organisation said Friday it expects the ozone hole over Antarctica to be "normal" this year, two years after it reached record size. (AFP/File/Josh Landis) GENEVA (AFP) - The World Meteorological Organisation said Friday it expects the ozone hole over Antarctica to be "normal" this year, two years after it reached record size. "Looking at the preliminary data so far, it looks as if the Antarctica ozone hole of 2008 in size and severity will be something in-between...
  • Ozone hole closing, but may not be good news (More doom and gloom)

    06/17/2008 11:56:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies · 128+ views
    oheraldo ^ | June 17, 2008
    PANJIM, JUNE 16 (Agencies) — Manmade chemicals have damaged the ozone layer of the upper atmosphere that shields Earth from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, each summer creating a hole over the South Pole that expands to nearly the size of Antarctica. But in 1996, an international treaty banned the chemical refrigerants and propellants (known as CFCs, or chlorofluorocarbons), and the hole has been shrinking. Scientists predict it may stop forming by the end of this century. But that’s not necessarily good news. A new study published in ‘Science’ says that the closing of the ozone hole...
  • The Truth About Greenland (Inconvenient Global Warming Truth Alert)

    10/10/2007 7:08:37 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 27 replies · 1,310+ views ^ | 10-10-07 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: From Houston up first, this is Shannon, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Sweet southern mega dittos from a longtime listener, Rush. I've been listening to you since 1989, and I'm really proud to talk to you. RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. CALLER: I wanted to talk to you really quick about the "hole" in the ozone layer theory and manmade global warming and all of that. My dad works for the national scientific balloon facility in Palestine, Texas, and they are the folks that send down the weather balloons to Antarctica and do...
  • NASA and NOAA Announce Antarctic Ozone Hole is a Record Breaker

    10/23/2006 3:16:29 PM PDT · by EBH · 56 replies · 969+ views
    Environmental Resource Center ^ | 10/23/2006 | Staff
    NASA and NOAA scientists report this year's ozone hole in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere has broken records for area and depth. The ozone layer acts to protect life on Earth by blocking harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. The "ozone hole" is a severe depletion of the ozone layer high above Antarctica. It is primarily caused by human-produced compounds that release chlorine and bromine gases in the stratosphere... "From September 21 to 30, the average area of the ozone hole was the largest ever observed, at 10.6 million square miles," said Paul Newman, atmospheric scientist at NASA's...
  • Antarctic ozone hole nears record: U.N. agency

    09/22/2006 11:02:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 644+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/22/06 | Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The hole over Antarctica's ozone layer is bigger than last year and is nearing the record 29-million-square-km (11-million-sq-mile) hole seen in 2000, the World Meteorological Organization said on Friday. Geir Braathen, the United Nations weather agency's top ozone expert, said ozone depletion had a late onset in this year's southern hemisphere winter, when low temperatures normally trigger chemical reactions that break down the atmospheric layer that filters dangerous solar radiation. "The ozone depletion started quite late, but when it started it came quite rapidly," Braathen told journalists in Geneva. "It (the hole) has now risen to a...
  • NASA Study Finds Clock Ticking Slower On Ozone Hole Recovery

    06/30/2006 7:43:05 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 45 replies · 763+ views
    NASA ^ | Junen 29, 2006 | Staff
    The Antarctic ozone hole's recovery is running late. According to a new NASA study, the full return of the protective ozone over the South Pole will take nearly 20 years longer than scientists previously expected. Scientists from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., have developed a new tool, a math-based computer model, to better predict when the ozone hole will recover. The Antarctic ozone hole is a massive loss of ozone high in the atmosphere (the stratosphere) that occurs each spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The ozone hole is...
  • Good News and a Puzzle (NASA and the Ozone Hole)

    05/26/2006 10:43:28 AM PDT · by Hunble · 50 replies · 1,252+ views
    Science@NASA ^ | 05.26.2006 | Patrick L. Barry and Dr. Tony Phillips
    May 26, 2006: Think of the ozone layer as Earth's sunglasses, protecting life on the surface from the harmful glare of the sun's strongest ultraviolet rays, which can cause skin cancer and other maladies. People were understandably alarmed, then, in the 1980s when scientists noticed that manmade chemicals in the atmosphere were destroying this layer. Governments quickly enacted an international treaty, called the Montreal Protocol, to ban ozone-destroying gases such as CFCs then found in aerosol cans and air conditioners. The Antarctic ozone hole. Today, almost 20 years later, reports continue of large ozone holes opening over Antarctica, allowing dangerous...
  • Report: Ozone Hole May Disappear by 2050 (Algore the last to know...)

    05/20/2006 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies · 856+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/20/06
    Report: Ozone Hole May Disappear by 2050Sat May 20, 9:01 AM ET TOKYO - The ozone hole over the Antarctic is likely to begin contracting in the future and may disappear by 2050 because of a reduction in the release of chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting gases, according to a team of Japanese scientists. The findings are based on a series of numerical simulations carried out by Eiji Akiyoshi of the National Institute for Environmental Studies, near Tokyo, using projected emissions of chlorofluorocarbons and other gases blamed for the ozone hole. According to a report posted Friday on the institute's Web...
  • Ozone hole third largest on record

    10/20/2005 1:23:38 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 35 replies · 793+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 18, 2005 | Staff
    GENEVA (AFP) - This year's seasonal ozone hole over Antarctica was the third largest on record, but forecasters are uncertain how it will behave in the future, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said. The hole peaked last month at almost 27 million square kilometers (10.4 million square miles), and then began shrinking as usual, the WMO said in a statement Tuesday. That was just short of the record 28 million square kilometers (10.81 million square miles) set in 2003, the WMO said. The second-largest hole was logged in 2000. "Because of uncertainties linked to climate change, we don't know if...
  • U.N.: Ozone Hole May Shrink in 2005

    09/20/2005 2:18:53 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 17 replies · 459+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 16, 2005 | UTA HARNISCHFEGER
    GENEVA - The hole in the ozone layer this year will probably be slightly smaller than the all-time largest of 2003, signaling that depletion is still occurring but possibly at a slower rate, a U.N. agency said Friday. "The size of this year's ozone hole is approaching an all-time high, but it will probably not break any records," said Geir Braathen, an ozone specialist at the World Meteorological Organization, told The Associated Press. "It's kind of leveling off, but it's still too early to say that the situation is improving," he said earlier at a news conference. At present, the...
  • Ozone layer decline leveling off, according to new study (Good Environmental News! Unreported!)

    08/30/2005 12:25:59 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 10 replies · 694+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | Jim Scott
    A new global study involving long-term data from satellites and ground stations indicates Earth's ozone layer, while still severely depleted following decades of thinning from industrial chemicals in the atmosphere, is no longer in decline. Betsy Weatherhead, a researcher with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint institute of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and corresponding author of the study, said the team documented a leveling off of declining ozone levels between 1996 and 2002, and even measured small increases in some regions. "The observed changes may be evidence...
  • Huge 2004 Stratospheric Ozone Loss Tied To Solar Storms, Arctic Winds

    03/03/2005 4:39:23 AM PST · by nuke rocketeer · 18 replies · 557+ views
    A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicates that two natural atmospheric processes in 2004 caused the largest decline in upper stratospheric ozone ever recorded over the far Northern Hemisphere. According to Research Associate Cora Randall of CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide gases in the upper stratosphere climbed to the highest levels in at least two decades in spring 2004. The increases led to ozone reductions of up to 60 percent roughly 25 miles in altitude above Earth's high northern latitudes, said Randall. "This decline was completely unexpected," she...
  • Swedish research downplays ozone hole risk

    Swedish research downplays ozone hole risk Associated Press STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The reported risk of a hole in the ozone layer appearing over the Arctic this winter has been overstated, a Swedish researcher said Wednesday. "The stratosphere in the Arctic region has been unusually cold this winter," said Donal Murtagh, a professor of global environmental measurements at the Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg. Murtagh also is the lead director for atmospheric science research for the Swedish orbital observatory Odin, which orbits the poles. Ozone, a form of oxygen, helps protect the Earth from some of the damaging ultraviolet radiation...
  • EU scientists warns against depleting Arctic ozone layer ()

    01/31/2005 11:00:27 PM PST · by lafroste · 18 replies · 485+ views
    Scientists are scared that if the cold weather continues for the next couple of weeks, the seasonal hole in the Artic ozone layer could worsen this year. European Union scientists said that exceptionally cold conditions and persistent polar clouds alter the chemistry of the ozone layer. With temperatures in the Arctic ozone layer, now the coldest for 50 years, and have been consistently low for two months, this results in losses in the ozone layer when spring sunlight returns in the coming weeks, they said. Researchers from the EU’s SCOUT-03 project, which involves over 200 scientists from 19 countries, fear...
  • Chilly winter may widen ozone hole over Europe-EU

    01/31/2005 12:08:37 PM PST · by kattracks · 22 replies · 648+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/31/05
    BRUSSELS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Record cold temperatures this winter could create a bigger hole in the ozone layer over parts of northern Europe, leading to damaging ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer, the European Commission said on Monday. Scientists had confirmed record low temperatures in the Arctic high atmosphere and determined that the ozone layer, which is made up of oxygen and protects the earth from UV radiation, faced a greater risk because of the cold, it said. "First signs of ozone loss have already been detected," the EU executive said in a statement. "Should further cooling of...
  • Unusual Arctic cold raises fears for ozone hole

    01/29/2005 6:48:15 AM PST · by lafroste · 67 replies · 1,954+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 28 January 2005 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    The seasonal hole in the Arctic ozone layer could be the worst ever this year if the current cold conditions persist, scientists are warning. Temperatures in the Arctic ozone layer are now the coldest for 50 years and have been consistently low for two months. The ozone layer blankets the Earth at an altitude between 15 to 30 kilometres. It is part of a zone called the stratosphere, and absorbs ultraviolet light. European Union scientists said on Friday that if the exceptionally cold temperatures continue, and the persistent polar clouds - which alter the chemistry of the ozone layer -...
  • Ozone hole over Antarctic shrinks

    12/24/2004 7:31:23 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 38 replies · 945+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader/AP ^ | December 19, 2004 | Charles J. Hanley
    (Note: The subtitle is NATURALLY a negative spin; "Chilean Town bears brunt of radiation") PUNTA ARENAS, Chile - The worst of the ozone hole has pulled back once more to Ant-arctica this southern spring, leaving behind a shadow of uncertainty for the people living at the bottom of the Americas. How many will develop skin cancer in years to come? How many more decades must their children live with dangerous ultraviolet rays? Will the global treaty to save the ozone survive until then? The people of windblown Punta Arenas, like the local evergreens forever bent eastward from westerly gusts, are...
  • A question for scientists

    11/11/2004 12:30:18 PM PST · by TChris · 25 replies · 479+ views
    Me | Me
    I have pondered at great length the recurring alarmism of environmental scientists as one shocking discovery after another have each, in their turn, posed planet-altering threats to humanity. I have also wondered at the rampant atheism of the scientific community as a whole. While each of these subjects is worthy of lengthy discussion, I have found what I believe is a common flaw in many of the methods of both, and other, camps. It seems that a common follow-up to the discovery of a phenomenon or development of a theory is an over-extrapolation of observable, solid facts. To wit: Observable...
  • Antarctic Ozone Hole Smaller This Year - Scientists

    10/02/2004 8:57:20 PM PDT · by anymouse · 15 replies · 577+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 1, 2004
    A gaping hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica appears to have shrunk by about 20 percent from last year's record-breaking size, New Zealand scientists said on Friday. The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said its measurements backed up NASA satellite data showing the hole peaked at about 9 million sq miles compared with 11 million sq miles in 2003. The ozone layer sits about 9-19 miles above the earth, filtering harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer. Industrial chemicals containing chlorine and bromine used in refrigerators and aerosols have been blamed for thinning the layer...
  • Earth Prepared to Flip

    12/12/2003 9:33:59 AM PST · by pepsionice · 78 replies · 240+ views
    CNN ^ | 11 Dec 03 | CNN
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The strength of the Earth's magnetic field has decreased 10 percent over the past 150 years, raising the remote possibility that it may collapse and later reverse, flipping the planet's poles for the first time in nearly a million years, scientists said.</p>
  • Another Environmentalist Bromide

    11/25/2003 10:03:06 PM PST · by farmfriend · 12 replies · 175+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 11/25/2003 | Ben Lieberman
    Another Environmentalist Bromide By Ben Lieberman Environmentalism has never been more predictable than it is today. Left-leaning activists and environmental journalists reflexively turn every green issue into a formulaic "Bush administration rollback" story, often with little regard for the facts and history of the issue. So it is with the much-criticized administration attempt to obtain exemptions for farmers who wish to use the chemical methyl bromide beyond its 2005 phaseout deadline. In truth, these exemptions will help prevent significant hardship for thousand of farmers and their customers, and will do so without any discernable threat to the environment. Along with...
  • Ozone layer 'sacrificed' to lift re-election prospects(Barf Alert)

    11/22/2003 8:55:56 PM PST · by Pikamax · 11 replies · 198+ views
    Independent ^ | 11/23/03 | Geoffrey Lean,
    Ozone layer 'sacrificed' to lift re-election prospects By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor 23 November 2003 President George Bush has brought the international treaty aimed at repairing the Earth's vital ozone layer close to breakdown, risking millions of cancers, to benefit strawberry and tomato growers in the electorally critical state of Florida, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. His administration is insisting on a sharp increase in spraying of the most dangerous ozone-destroying chemical still in use, the pesticide methyl bromide, even though it is due to be phased out under the Montreal Protocol in little more than a year. And...
  • U.N.: Seasonal Ozone Hole Disappeared

    11/20/2003 3:59:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 311+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/20/03
    U.N.: Seasonal Ozone Hole Disappeared Thu Nov 20, 2:45 PM ET GENEVA - The seasonal "ozone hole" over the South Pole has disappeared again after reaching record size earlier this year, U.N. officials said Thursday. The hole is a thinner-than-usual area in the protective layer of gas high up in the Earth's atmosphere. It has been forming in the extremely low temperatures that mark the end of Antarctic winter every year since the mid-1980s, largely due to chemical pollution. This year, the hole peaked at 10.81 million square miles in mid-September — matching the record size set three years ago....
  • Ozone Hole Peak Approaches, But Falls Short Of Record

    09/27/2003 6:00:59 PM PDT · by non-anonymous · 10 replies · 249+ views
    SpaceDaily ^ | Sept 26, 2003
    Ozone Hole Peak Approaches, But Falls Short Of Record Greenbelt - Sep 26, 2003 This year's Antarctic ozone hole is the second largest ever observed, according to scientists from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Naval Research Laboratory. The Antarctic ozone hole is defined as thinning of the ozone layer over the continent to levels significantly below pre-1979 levels. Ozone blocks harmful ultraviolet "B" rays. Loss of stratospheric ozone has been linked to skin cancer in humans and other adverse biological effects on plants and animals. The size of this year's hole reached 10.9 million square...
  • Ozone hole three times size of US (Did Aljazeera get it's info from Algore's book?)

    09/24/2003 1:56:05 PM PDT · by bedolido · 20 replies · 363+ views
    Aljazeera. ^ | 09/24/03 | (Saddam) Staff Writer
    The huge size of the hole in the ozone layer is at a record level measuring 28 million square kilometres, according to the World Meterological Organisation. Three times the size of the United States, the ozone hole has continued to grow over the last few weeks and is set to reach a maximum size in late September. The consequences are likely to be serious and far-reaching. WMO Professor Obasi warned on Wednesday that the most immediate threat to humankind relate to “increased variability in the intensity and frequency of storms … floods and droughts, heat waves in major urban areas...
  • 2003 Antarctic Ozone Hole Equals Record Size

    09/17/2003 10:31:26 AM PDT · by cogitator · 81 replies · 811+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 09/17/2003
    Antarctic Ozone Hole Roars BackMeasurements over and near Antarctica show that ozone is decreasing more rapidly this year than in previous years and that the size of the ozone hole is now as large as the all time record size of 28 million sq. km during September 2000. This is in stark contrast to the ozone hole last year when it was the smallest in more than a decade after splitting in two during late September. In recent years, the ozone hole is at or near its maximum size during mid-September, with the maximum sometimes reached in late September....
  • Antarctic ozone hole sets record

    09/12/2003 2:49:03 PM PDT · by Abcdefg · 38 replies · 409+ views
    CNN ^ | September 12, 2003 | Reuters
    <p>Satellite image of the ozone hole as it split last year.</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) -- The gaping, man-made hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has hit record proportions for this time of year and could get bigger still within the next few days, a leading scientist said on Friday.</p>
  • "Pacman of the Antarctic" stratospheric cloud gobbling up ozone (& yes, it's our fault)

    08/21/2003 12:52:55 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 49 replies · 788+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 22, 2003 | Andrew Darby
    Pacman of the Antarctic - goodbye ozoneBy Andrew Darby August 22, 2003 It's beautiful, but dangerous - this cloud puts on a stunning light show over the Antarctic but it is a grim warning that this year's hole in the ozone layer could be the biggest yet. The stratospheric cloud is an ozone-eater, spotted recently by Australian scientists at Mawson station. Chemical reactions in such clouds convert normally inert man-made chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into ozone destroyers. Dr Andrew Klekociuk, an atmospheric scientist with the Environment Department's Antarctic Division, said the first signs of cooling of the lower stratosphere, where the ozone...
  • "Blackout or Greenout?" Asks Columnist Joseph Farah

    08/20/2003 5:46:37 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 573+ views ^ | 08-20-03 | Farah, Joseph
    Blackout or 'greenout'? Posted: August 20, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Oil is the lifeblood of our industrial society. But it's been under attack since the early 1970s. Environmentalists told us we'd all choke from the exhaust fumes back then. Then they lied about global warming. Then they lied about the ozone hole. Then they complained about oil drilling in Alaska. Then they complained about drilling for natural gas. Then they complained about oil drilling offshore. Then they complained about reliance on foreign oil and told us we must conserve. (They're right about the dangers of foreign oil....
  • Original American Sin

    We wake up in the morning, and our evil deeds begin before we have time to curse the alarm. As we slept, our refrigerators were hard at work giving Chileans skin cancer. We turn on the air conditioner, and amphibians grow extra limbs. We breathe and contribute to global warming. We put on our clothes and cover the world with sweatshops. We slip on our athletic shoes and tie children to workbenches with the laces. We poison the soil by eating breakfast. We drive to work and drown Pacific Islanders. We go to the doctor and kill animals. We devastate...
  • Smallest Ozone Hole Since 1988, Scientists Say

    09/30/2002 2:39:01 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 64 replies · 508+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-30-02 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This year's Antarctic ozone hole is the smallest one since 1988, but this has little to do with earthly activities and much to do with weird weather in the stratosphere, U.S. government scientists said on Monday. The ozone hole has also split into two pieces, a new wrinkle on a phenomenon that scientists first observed in the 1970s, and have tracked as one measure of the impact of pollution. The 2002 edition of the ozone hole covers about 6 million square miles, well below the 9 million square miles seen for the last six years at this...
  • Junk Science and the New American Myths

    07/16/2002 2:49:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 676+ views
    Insight ^ | July 15, 2002 | Ralph de Toledano
    The junk scientists, for reasons which headshrinkers or the FBI might look into, have been doing a scam job on America's people and government, all damaging to the national welfare. Along with the envirocrats, the educrats and the propaganda end of the medical profession, they work night and day, aided and abetted by the liberal media, to shut down economic activity and return us to the spinning wheel. Their tools are junk ecology, phony studies, the power-trippers at the Environmental Protection Agency and a Rousseau-like preference for nature over humanity. Here are a few of the hundreds of documented examples....
  • Green Terror: The Misanthropic Roots of The Environmentalist Religion

    06/28/2002 1:53:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 49 replies · 3,606+ views
    Against Capitalism "We already have too much economic growth in the United States. Economic growth in rich countries like ours is the disease, not the cure." -Paul Elrich, Stanford University biologist and Advisor to Vice President Albert Gore "I think if we don't overthrow capitalism, we don't have a chance of saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have an ecological society under socialism. I don't think it's possible under capitalism." [Judi Barri of Earth First? quoted by Walter Williams, cloumnists with Heritage Features][Syndicate, State Journal Register, June 25, 1992] "The immediate source of ecological crisis is...

    06/08/2002 10:43:45 AM PDT · by forest · 32 replies · 610+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #276 ^ | 9-6-02 | Doug Fiedor
    So, the eco-whackos at EPA sent out one of their regularly scheduled "Administrative Reports" on global warming to the United Nations again. This time, some desk- bound, far-left resident bureaucrat also sent the "report" to the media as an "official" administrative response. . . . Yawn. . . . Problem is, they forgot to show it to the adults in the administration first. So, the "report" received a couple days free play by the liberal media before President Bush put the kibosh on that foolishness. Perhaps a little about the public schizophrenia of these bureaucrats and their counterparts could be...