Category Archives: Ozone

Good news: no ‘ozone hole’ in the Arctic

From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plugging an ozone hole MIT researchers find that the extremes in Antarctic ozone holes have not been matched in the Arctic CAMBRIDGE, Mass– Since the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, scientists, policymakers, and … Continue reading

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Mysterious new man-made gases pose threat to ozone layer…

Image Credits: NOAA – National Weather Service – Climate Prediction Center By WUWT Regular “Just The Facts” On the heels of Andrew Dessler’s Ozone Hole tweet, we have from the BBC: “Researchers from the University of East Anglia have discovered … Continue reading

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Claim: What would have happened to the ozone layer if chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had not been regulated?

A new modeling based paper in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics takes on that question directly. Of course the result is another “saved the world” moment according to some: [ Source: http://twitter.com/AndrewDessler/status/442342191067693056 ] I certainly don’t have a problem with reducing … Continue reading

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Asian ozone pollutes Hawaii and USA west coast – varies with climatic shifts

Asian ozone pollution in Hawaii is tied to climate variability (Nature Geoscience) By Joanne Curcio, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Air pollution from Asia has been rising for several decades but Hawaii had seemed to escape the ozone pollution … Continue reading

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At AGU, NASA says CFC reduction is not shrinking the ozone hole – yet

NASA Reveals New Results From Inside the Ozone Hole  – Dec. 11, 2013 NASA scientists have revealed the inner workings of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica and found that declining chlorine in the stratosphere has not yet … Continue reading

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Busted messaging: CFC’s cause warming AND cooling

From the make up your freaking minds department comes this oopsy juxtaposition of alarmist messaging. In an attempt to explain “the pause”, researchers are now grasping for explanations: Human actions that were not intended to limit the greenhouse effect have … Continue reading

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‘Ozone hole’ may be a warming factor due to wind shifts

First, a clarification; while the AGU calls it an “ozone hole”, it technically isn’t. As NASA says here, it really isn’t a “hole” in the true sense of the word, it is simply a region of reduced O3 concentration that … Continue reading

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Study says global warming caused by CFCs interacting with cosmic rays, not carbon dioxide

From the University of Waterloo, an extraordinary claim. While plausible, due to the fact that CFC’s have very high GWP numbers, their atmospheric concentrations compared to CO2 are quite low, and the radiative forcings they add are small by comparison … Continue reading

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Who would have guessed it? Sunlit snow key to Arctic ozone depletion

I like this study from the NSF, because they did hands-on empirical measurements and experiments to make  the determination – Anthony Sunlit Snow Triggers Atmospheric Cleaning, Ozone Depletion in the Arctic Finding is related to snow atop sea ice, adding … Continue reading

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Ozone hole in Antarctica shrinks significantly, but not a record low as erroneously reported elsewhere

While this is good news any way you look at it,  I note there are a number of news reports saying that the “Ozone Hole Shrinks to Record Low” which are non thinking media regurgitations from a LiveScience article by … Continue reading

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Ozone depletion trumps greenhouse gas increase in jet-stream shift

From Penn State UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Depletion of Antarctic ozone is a more important factor than increasing greenhouse gases in shifting the Southern Hemisphere jet stream in a southward direction, according to researchers at Penn State. “Previous research suggests … Continue reading

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Good news: 2012 Antarctic Ozone Hole is the second smallest in 20 years

Daily ozone hole images from Jul 1, 2012 to Oct. 19, 2012. The ozone hole max is on Sept. 22, 2012. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center – click image for movie WASHINGTON — The average area covered by the Antarctic … Continue reading

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A paper unifying cosmic ray interaction, CFC’s ozone, and warming

On Cosmic-Ray-Driven Electron Reaction Mechanism for Ozone Hole and Chlorofluorocarbon Mechanism for Global Climate Change Qing-Bin Lu, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo Abstract Numerous laboratory measurements have provided a sound physical basis for the cosmic-ray driven electron … Continue reading

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There might possibly could be a chance of danger! Thunderstorms!

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Thunderstorms are one of my main interests, so I read up on a study by some Harvard researchers that has been receiving all kinds of attention in the blogosphere. Unfortunately, it’s another “could, might, possibly, … Continue reading

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Climate change – off in the ozone

From the Harvard University  news service and the what are they smoking department, comes this suggestion that apparently it never was ozone damaging CFC refrigerants at all, it was those nasty thunderstorms wot done it.  They say: “Recent studies have … Continue reading

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Shocker: The Hansen/GISS team paper that says: “we argue that rapid warming in recent decades has been driven mainly by non-CO2 greenhouse gases”

Note: This will be a top post for a day or two, new stories will appear below this one – please scroll down. ============================================================ No, this isn’t a joke, it isn’t a fake document, and it isn’t a misinterpretation. It … Continue reading

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Oh, Canada!

From Penn State: Environment Canada cuts threaten science, international agreements Recent cuts to the scientific workforce of Environment Canada, a government agency responsible for meteorological services and environmental research, threaten scientific research related to the ozone layer in the upper … Continue reading

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Good news from UVa, earthquake early warning may be possible

Study: Ozone From Rock Fracture Could Serve As Earthquake Early Warning — Researchers the world over are seeking reliable ways to predict earthquakes, focusing on identifying seismic precursors that, if detected early enough, could serve as early warnings. New research, … Continue reading

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