Earth’s ‘ozone hole’ shrinks to lowest since 1988

From NASA Goddard: Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988 Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced Friday. According to NASA, the ozone hole reached its peak extent on…

Atmospheric concentration of an ozone destroying chemical drops mysteriously

From the “possible measurement error” department. Larry O’Hanlon (via AGU blogs) writes: Something strange has happened to the atmospheric concentration of a newly discovered, human-made, ozone-destroying gas: it has suddenly dropped and nobody knows why. The gas, HCFC-133a, is a type of hydrochlorofluorocarbon, ozone-destroying compounds used in some industrial processes, including the manufacturing of refrigerants.…

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 CFC’s, but Andrew Dessler’s comment speaks to the hero syndrome some of these scientists seem…