Saturday, May 20, 2006

Good news

The ozone hole over the Antarctic is likely to begin contracting in the future and may disappear by 2050 because of a reduction in the release of chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting gases, according to a team of Japanese scientists.

The findings are based on a series of numerical simulations carried out by Eiji Akiyoshi of the National Institute for Environmental Studies, near Tokyo, using projected emissions of chlorofluorocarbons and other gases blamed for the ozone hole.

According to a report posted Friday on the institute's Web site, the hole is at its largest now but is likely to gradually start contracting around 2020 and disappear by around 2050.
The team's findings are in line with research by other scientists.

Of course, this is good news. The lesson here, I think, is that with a concerted effort, we can avert global catastrophe. I hope our country begins taking the lead, as we did with the reduction of CFCs, in working toward reducing global warming.

The entire story can be found here.

BTW, if you are quibbling over the cause of global warming, I understand. If you deny it exists, you live in on Lollipop Lane, where the streets are paved with chocolate.


Moe said...

I definitely don't deny global warming exists, but I kinda like the sounds of living on lollipop lane :)

Anonymous said...

Those chocolate streets are a real bitch in the winter... let me tell ya!

(They'll be even worse if global warming a.k.a. "climate change" is real.)


Anonymous said...

Oh Crap! We need a new hole, STAT!