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For the first time, scientists provided hopeful information on the ozone layer, which is known to have done significant damage over time.
According to a recent analysis by NOAA scientists, the ozone layer in the stratosphere of Earth is gradually growing healthier and might fully recover in roughly 50 years.
Early in 2022, the NOAA’s Ozone Depleting Gas Index reported a decrease of almost 50% in the amount of ozone-depleting chemicals in the mid-latitude stratosphere, restoring it to levels seen in 1980. The area of the stratosphere that is between 15 and 30 kilometers (9.3 and 18.6 miles) from the Earth’s surface and contains a high concentration of gaseous ozone relative to other areas of the atmosphere is known as the ozone layer.
According to the most recent NOAA analysis, we are making significant progress for the first time in 35 years.
It should be remembered that the huge ozone “hole” above Antarctica still exists. The seasons might alter the size of the hole. The Antarctic stratosphere has older air than that of the mid-latitudes, so the hole is being filled up more slowly there than it is there. The amount of ozone-depleting compounds in this area has decreased by barely 26% from its high in the 1990s.
However, NOAA predicts that if this development keeps up, the Antarctic ozone layer might fully regenerate by 2070.