Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Hold that optimistic thought....



Scientists indicate that the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole may be delayed until 2065 because reservoirs of ozone-destroying chemicals  may be greater than expected.  Although the ozone layers is expected to recover without large emissions of ozone-depleting substances, the existing stocks in developed countries may be larger than initially thought and their use may postpone recovery of the ozone hole to 1980 levels. Scientists had expected recovery by 2050 following the 1987 Montreal Protocol ban on production.  However, the agreement did not bar the use of existing stockpiles and apparently those stockpiles are being used.

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