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Unusual Arctic cold raises fears for ozone hole

The seasonal hole in the Arctic ozone layer could be the worst ever this year if the current cold conditions persist, scientists are warning.

Temperatures in the Arctic ozone layer are now the coldest for 50 years and have been consistently low for two months. The ozone layer blankets the Earth at an altitude between 15 to 30 kilometres. It is part of a zone called the stratosphere, and absorbs ultraviolet light.

European Union scientists said on Friday that if the exceptionally cold temperatures continue, and the persistent polar clouds – which alter the chemistry of the ozone layer – remain, then large ozone losses will be likely when spring sunlight returns in the coming weeks.

Read the original article at: New Scientist

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