Recent reports show that the ozone layer above Antarctica is beginning to shrink in size – after being a major concern since the 1980s. In fact, US and UK scientists have revealed that the ozone hole has shrunk by around 4m sq km since 2000. Furthermore, the healing process is set to continue with the ozone potentially healed by 2060.
So, what’s behind the healing of the ozone layer? It’s actually the phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon chemicals – otherwise know as CFCs – which has made a real difference. These chemicals were once used in aerosols and refrigeration but have been phased out in recent years. Unfortunately, CFCs do linger in the atmosphere for around 50 years – hence why it’s still a little while until the ozone layer is healed.
About the healing ozone layer, Susan Solomon, co-author of the study said:
“Britain, for example, has around 5% less ozone than it did 30 years ago but it would’ve been twice as bad as that if we didn’t phase out CFCs. There would be problems with skin cancer, eye damage and damage to crops. We made a decision to avert a problem and we ought to congratulate ourselves on that.”
Our action to reduce the use of CFSs has definitely helped to avert the worst effects of climate change, but there are still so many things we need to do to protect our environment. To continue undoing the damage to our planet, we all need to take action. Our changes needn’t be radical either. Simply switching your energy source or eating local produce can make a big impact on the globe. In fact, we’ve listed some of the top ways to reduce your carbon footprint below.
Be energy efficient in your home. This could be as simple as switching off the lights or technology when they aren’t in use. You might also like to invest in energy efficient appliances or make the simple change to LED lightbulbs.
Solar PV is one of the best forms of energy out there. It promises to reduce your bills and offers energy security while also helping the globe. We also offer Battery Storage – to increasing the savings and security gained by switching to solar energy.
Opt for a greener commute
Commute to work via car every day? If you’re not already car sharing, that may be something to consider. It’s also worth looking at public transportation options too. An electric car is also a great choice for those that can afford it and can be paired with our Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions.
Switching to renewable forms of energy needn’t be expensive either. Discover a few of our ways to pay over on the website.
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