New ozone-depleting gases found in atmosphere

March 2014CLIMATEWorried scientists said Sunday they had found four new ozone-destroying gases in the atmosphere, most likely put there by humans in the last 50-odd years despite a ban on these dangerous compounds. It is the first time since the 1990s that new substances damaging to Earth’s stratospheric shield have been found, and others may be out there, they said. “Our research has shown four gases that were not around in the atmosphere at all until the 1960s, which suggests they are man-made,” the team from Europe and Australia wrote in the journal Nature Geoscience. They analyzed unpolluted air samples collected in Tasmania between 1978 and 2012, and from deep, compacted snow in Greenland. “The identification of these four new gases is very worrying as they will contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer,” added a statement from the team. “We don’t know where the new gases are being emitted from, and this should be investigated.” Three of the gases are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — a group which includes chemicals traditionally found in air-conditioning, refrigerators and aerosol spray cans but banned under the Montreal Protocol. The fourth is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), part of a closely-related group of compounds which replaced CFCs but are being phased out. More than 74,000 tonnes of the four newly-identified gases had accumulated in the atmosphere by 2012, said the team. This is very small compared with peak emissions of CFCs in the 1980s of more than a million tonnes per year. “However, the reported emissions are clearly contrary to the intentions behind the Montreal Protocol, and raise questions about the sources of these gases,” the team wrote. Two of the gases, one CFC and the HCFC, are still accumulating.
Previously, seven types of CFC and six of HCFC were known to contribute to ozone destruction. CFCs, the main cause of the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, are man-made organic compounds made of carbon, chlorine and fluorine. They were phased out from 1989, followed by a total ban in 2010. HCFCs, CFC-like compounds which also include one or more hydrogen atoms, are less ozone-damaging but contribute to climate change by trapping more of the Sun’s heat in the atmosphere. The ozone layer comprises triple-atom oxygen molecules that are spread thinly in the stratosphere. It plays a vital role in protecting life by filtering out ultraviolet rays that can damage vegetation and cause skin cancer. In high latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, where the ozone layer is damaged or subject to seasonal fluctuations, people are advised to cover exposed skin and wear sunglasses. Possible sources for the new gases include chemicals used for insecticide production and solvents for cleaning electronic components, said the researchers. Concentration differences between the samples suggested the dominant source was in the industrialized Northern Hemisphere, they added. Study co-author Johannes Laube from the University of East Anglia’s School of Environmental Sciences said the ozone layer stopped thinning from the late 1990s and there were signs of it starting to recover. “As many ODSs [ozone-depleting substances], and especially CFCs, take a long time to break down once released into the atmosphere, it will be many decades until it will fully recover,” he told AFP. “Provided we do not have further unpleasant surprises.” Martyn Chipperfield, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of Leeds in northern England, said the low concentrations of the four gases “do not present concern at the moment.”  –Space Daily
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7 Responses to New ozone-depleting gases found in atmosphere

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Well here is an unfolding prophecy before our eyes……

    Now, I did not look this up, but knowing most of you, you know this……….but this means that the sun will become hotter………….AND WILL SCORCH MEN’S SKIN.

    OK……. you beat it out of me(Revelation 16:9)


    • silverstreek says:

      I absolutely agree. There are many instances where our Father in Heaven has used people to do his work here on earth. If humanity is indeed responsible in one way or another for the depletion of the Ozone which will cause the sun to scorch the skin of man? The message in Revelation provides us all with the truth, that yes there is a God! And that he knows all well before things happen!!


  2. Yovnne says:



  3. Brownie says:

    I think it has less to do with the people of earth causing this problem and more to do with the governments of the world poisoning our air, water and land with Chemtrails they have been spraying in our skies for the last, What ??? 20yrs………….. blocking out our sun and killing us all slowly and now this, where does it end.


  4. silverstreek says:

    Thinking outside of the box. I read this thinking back to how many times Governments across the world have fired massive Rockets and Shuttles into space. First it was the Russians, then the US got involved. I remember back when the US alone sent so many men and rockets into space that we got to a point where it was seen by the public as just another ordinary occurrence.

    I like many have also seen with the passing of time, more Countries have developed technology to put their own satellites, probes, and weapons into space using rockets. Unless my thinking is wrong? Wouldn’t these massive rocket engines burn chemicals that help degrade or massively wound the Ozone? Wouldn’t these rockets blow huge holes through the ozone each time one of these rockets go into space. And what about the re-entry process coming back to our Planet? Would these rockets at least create a weak spot in our Ozone? If this is part of the problem? It has got to be hard for the Ozone to recover if it’s constantly being blown open again and again…….. Something to think about?

    Please don’t get me wrong, I am all for technology! I love the use of cell phones, GPS, instant radio and TV signals showing us live feeds from around the world and such. But……. If sending things into space causes damage to our O-zone? Why wouldn’t scientists and Governments admit this is a major problem and quit blaming the population? Sure, I know we pollute! But I believe the main culprit behind major Ozone depletion goes back to our beginnings of the Space Race.


  5. L.Edwards says:

    Once again, we’re insuring our own extinction.

    Will Durrant said: “Civilization exists on geological consent.” That is very true, but the inhabitants may also play a role in their existence.


  6. niebo says:

    Ok Dudes, what I love mostest about this article is that the “fluoro” part of these compoundations is fluorine gas, which means, fluorine + carbon + chlorine/hydrogen = bad for sky/environment/earth, but fluorine + sodium (sodium fluoride) = good for peoples. I ain’t stoopid, right, to think the math don’t make sense?


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