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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…