The Ozone layer hole over Southern Hemisphere now larger than Antarctica
The hole in the ozone layer over the Souther Hemisphere is now larger than Antarctica as it grew considerably in the past two weeks, scientists at the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) said.
Earth’s protective ozone layer depletes and forms a hole over the South pole every Spring due to the human-made chemicals.
After growing “considerably” in the past week, the hole is now larger than 75% of previous years’ ozone holes at the same stage of the season since 1979 and is now bigger that the continent it looms over.
During the Southern Hemisphere spring season from August to October, the ozone hole forms annually over the Antarctic, reaching a maximum between mid-September and mid-October.
The Antarctic ozone hole was discovered in the 1980s. Chemicals have broken down the layer over the region, exposing people to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.