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A huge hole has opened in the ozone layer over the Arctic

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Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) used data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite to record an unusual form of an ozone hole over the Arctic. (Credit: Copernicus data (2020), processed by DLR / BIRA / ESA)

Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) used data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite to record an unusual form of an ozone hole over the Arctic. (Credit: Copernicus data (2020), processed by DLR / BIRA / ESA)

Without the ozone layer, life cannot survive on the planet. If this layer thins or continues to form holes, it will increase the risk of diseases such as skin cancer and cataracts

  • News18.com
  • Last update: April 9, 2020 at 10:38 am IST

Just as we have recovered from the news that the ozone hole over Antarctica is apparently healing, we have bad news. It turns out that a massive hole has opened in the ozone layer over the Arctic. This time, the reason seems to be the climate change that the Earth has been supporting for some time now. Apparently the atypically cooler temperatures in the atmosphere above the North Pole for this time of year have led to this rapid depletion of ozone in this region.

“Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a dramatic reduction in ozone levels in the Arctic. Unusual weather conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, have caused ozone levels to drop, causing a “mini-hole” in the ozone layer, “the European Space Agency said in a statement. They say that although mini ozone holes have been spotted above the North Pole in the past, this year the depletion of the Arctic is much more important than ever. Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) report this unusually strong depletion of ozone in the northern polar regions. “Using data from the Tropomi instrument on the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, they were able to monitor this form of arctic ozone hole in the atmosphere,” they add.

Ozone is essential for maintaining life on earth. It’s a protective shield in the Earth’s stratosphere that absorbs most of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Without this layer, life will not be able to survive on the planet, and if this layer thins or continues to form holes, it will increase diseases such as skin cancer and cataracts, as well as significant environmental damage.

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