Jenna Knepper ‘21: The world receives some good news as the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer shrinks. Many well known products such as aerosol sprays and packing materials tear a hole in the Earth’s ozone layer. In 2015, the hole grew to a staggering 10.9 million miles making it about 40,000 times larger than the Grand Canyon. Susan Strahan, an atmospheric scientist from NASA, gives her input on the situation according to Newsweek.

We see very clearly that chlorine is going down in the ozone hole, and that less ozone depletion is occurring because of it,” Strahan said.

With millions of people around the world pitching in to help, people see drastic changes. The company that creates Aerosol sprays even took out the chemical that created the increase of chlorine in the ozone layer. According to Newsweek, the hole is predicted to completely close around 2060. Every member of the Romeo community helps close the ozone layer hole by working together. According to the Environmental Protection Department, make sure that sprays and refrigerants do not include harmful chemicals like CFCs or HCFCs. Staying away from these chemicals protects the ozone and ensures that the hole completely closes.

As the ozone layer gap shrinks, scientists give hope to the community of Romeo as well as the whole world. Working together, people hold the power to close a ten million mile wide hole, 30 miles above the Earth’s surface.

Sources:

https://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/ozone_layer_protection/wn6_info_olp_ue_c.html#T10

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/Goddard/2016/antarctic-ozone-hole-attains-moderate-size

https://www.newsweek.com/nasa-hole-earths-ozone-layer-finally-closing-humans-did-something-771922

 

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