Summer Storms Linked to Holes in Ozone

Groundbreaking study connects climate worries

Lake of the Woods, Minnesota

Lake of the Woods, Minnesota     Photo: Layne Kennedy/Corbis

Big summer storms in the United States could be destroying the ozone layer, linking climate change and ozone loss in populated areas. In a study published online in the journal Science on Wednesday, researchers at Harvard University found that some summer storms send water vapor up into the stratosphere, setting off a series of chemical reactions with the remains of now banned CFCs, breaking down the ozone layer. “It’s the union between ozone loss and climate change that is really at the heart of this,” James G. Anderson, lead author of the study, said. Even moderate loss of ozone coverage can leave humans susceptible to skin cancer and eye damage from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Via New York Times

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