ozone hole


Definition of ozone hole

: an area of the ozone layer (as near the south pole) that is seasonally depleted of ozone

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Climate change is affecting the winds, but so is the ozone hole and short-term cycles like El Nino. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "After decades of increases, sea ice in Antarctica is now shrinking," 1 July 2019 Some scientists link the puzzling reversal in Antarctic sea ice to the ozone hole over Antarctica, Parkinson said. NBC News, "Antarctic sea ice is shrinking rapidly after decades of growth. Scientists aren't sure why.," 1 July 2019 Within just four years of the discovery of the thinning ozone hole, the agreement was in force. National Geographic, "One overlooked way to fight climate change? Dispose of old CFCs.," 29 Apr. 2019 The year is 2002 and former lobbyist Soussan (an earnest Theo James) is searching for something more meaningful than tax shelters, sweatshops and ozone holes. Michael Rechtshaffen, latimes.com, "U.N. intrigue and corruption in 'Backstabbing for Beginners'," 26 Apr. 2018 But while the ozone hole is now in recovery, climate change may be having a similar effect. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Antarctic Glaciers Are Helping Drive Their Own Melt," 20 Apr. 2018 The ozone hole spurred countries and companies into action. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New measurement confirms: The ozone is coming back," 4 Jan. 2018 Melanoma remains a significant problem in the Antipodes, in large part due to high levels of UV exposure caused by the region's proximity to the ozone hole over the Antarctic. Jessica Mudditt, CNN, "Melanoma remains Australia's 'national cancer' with 14,000 diagnosed each year," 8 May 2018 The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 provides data essential to understanding how climate change is transforming the planet, including changes in Arctic sea ice and the ozone hole over Antarctica. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Key Climate Satellite to Launch Later This Month," 1 May 2018

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: an area of the ozone layer where there is very little ozone

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