The hole over the South Pole is getting bigger, reports the Daily Green. The ozone layer has a pollution-caused fissure over Antarctica that grows to its largest extent over the fall months, but the gap is already larger than recorded in 2007, says the World Meteorological Organization, a UN agency.
The ozone layer absorbs more than 90% of the sun’s high frequency ultraviolent light, which is potentially damaging to life on earth. At 16.8 million square miles, the ozone hole is bigger than North America, and allows UV radiation to penetrate the stratosphere, leading to an increase in cancer risk and other health and environmental problems on the Earth’s surface.
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