A three-decades-old international treaty to phase out chemicals that deplete the ozone layer protecting our planet from harmful solar radiation is finally paying off. The UN released a report this month showing the ozone layer is healing, with the hole over the South Pole expected to close completely by 2060.
Thanks to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer continues to recover, according to the 2018 Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion released by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program. Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment is very optimistic about the positive update.
The status of the ozone layer is significant as it protects life on Earth from harmful levels of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Its healing is an encouraging example of what’s possible when people work together on a global scale for a positive change.
“The Montreal Protocol is one of the most successful multilateral agreements in history for a reason. The careful mix of authoritative science and collaborative action that has defined the Protocol for more than 30 years and was set to heal our ozone layer is precisely why the Kigali Amendment holds such promise for climate action in future.”
Evidence presented by the authors shows that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3% per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone are scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.
The writers of the report found that, if the Kigali Amendment is fully implemented, up to 0.4 percent of global warming can be avoided this century. Meaning that it will play a significant role in keeping the global temperature rise below 2°C.
Report co-chairman Paul Newman, the chief Earth scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said that if the Montreal Protocol hadn’t been enacted in 1987, the ozone layer would have been destroyed by 2065.
Scientist Shares Amazing Photos Of Arachnid That Looks Like A Dog
Does it look more like a bunny, a wolf, or a dog to you?
The best thing about our planet is that we learn new things every day. People are discovering new species of plants, animals, and insects on a regular basis. Interestingly, the Bunny Harvestman was discovered a long time ago. However, it is currently driving people nuts with its adorable puppy appearance, thanks to photos taken by a scientist.
Andreas Kay has been taking photos of the unique creatures living in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Although all of the critters are interesting in their own way, one insect captured the hearts of netizens. After all, it looks like it's wearing the head of a perky-eared black dog.
Why does this spider look like it has a dog's head for a hat?
Remote Island in Hawaii Gets ‘Erased’ From The Map After Terrible Hurricane
“The loss is a huge blow. Little did we know it could disappear so quickly.”
A remote island in Hawaii has just been wiped away off the face of the planet because of a terrible natural calamity. As the reports have verified, Hurricane Walaka has erased East Island when the said storm hit Hawaii.
As a Guardian article tells us, “scientists have confirmed the disappearance of the 11-acre island after comparing satellite images of the surrounding French Frigate Shoals, part of an enormous protected marine area in the north-western Hawaiian Islands.”
East Island measured around 1 mile in length and 400ft in width – now it’s gone.
To Combat Climate Change, New Zealand is Aiming to Plant 1 Billion Trees
Good job, New Zealand!
With the increasing frequency and intensity of super typhoons and hurricanes across the world, it is pretty clear that climate change has indeed become a serious concern that affects all of us.
Fortunately, we are hearing about initiatives being taken to solve the problem. Over at New Zealand, for example, the government is laying a plan to plant 1 billion trees to fight climate change.