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New study says Australian wild fires damaged the ozone layer

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From late 2019 till the begin of 2020, the Australian‘ Black Summer’ bushfires damaged the Earth’s ozone layer by burning hundreds of thousands of tons of soot and ash into the air, in line with a brand new study. 

The spinning ozone gap above Antarctica will be traced again to the unprecedented burn in Australia, which brought on a “smoke infused thunderstorm” to kind, in line with a report revealed Thursday in Scientific Reports. 

The depth and scale of the fires have been unmatched with over 5.8 million hectares all through the nation, “resulting in millions of tonnes of smoke and associated gases being injected into the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere,” the researchers wrote. 

Over time the smoke particles constructed up lengthy sufficient to trigger the stratosphere to heat larger than the volcanic eruption of mount Pinatubo in 1991. Moreover, the stratospheric cooling extended the longevity of the ozone gap above Antarctica because it grew to a bigger than common measurement in 2021. 

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The Australian “Black Summer” bushfires brought on important harm on the Earth’s ozone layer. 
(AP )

The ozone layer is important for the Earth as a result of it absorbs harmful ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, which causes pores and skin most cancers and different life-threatening illnesses. 

“Our climate models suggest an increase in frequency and intensity of wildfires in the future under global warming,” stated Jim Haywood, the study’s co-author, in a statement to AFP. “This may lead to more events like that in 2020, which could in turn lead to more ozone depletion.”

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“So the considerable efforts that we’ve put in protecting the ozone hole could be thwarted by global warming.”

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