Earth's Ozone Layer Is Recovering, Experts Say | 22 Words

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll probably know that our planet isn't exactly in good shape.

But after years of climate change activism, it seems that we finally have some good news.

The Earth's ozone layer seems to be finally be recovering. Keep scrolling to hear what the experts have said...

 

We are in the midst of a climate change crisis.

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The devastating impacts of global warming and our consistent inability to do anything about it is sending our planet down a very bleak path.

From soaring temperatures to rising sea levels, global warming seems to be hitting the headlines more than ever.

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In the wake of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters last year, The UN warned that we have just twelve years to limit climate change and prevent global warming from exceeding the maximum of 1.5C.

Despite stark warnings, many people seem to bury their heads in the sand on the issue.

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Worryingly, our very own president, Donald Trump, is one of those people, who continually denies that global warming is even a thing. And, if this is what our political leaders believe, then what chance do we have?

He's not the only one who denies its existence.

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Several "climate deniers" believe that the rapid rising temperatures is simply a result of the earth's "natural cycle," just like the ice age. Although this has since been proven wrong after experts established that the climate change that we are experiencing is on a scale that far exceeds temperature fluctuations during the last 2 millennia.

The issue only seems to be escalating.

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If the future of our planet wasn't looking bleak enough, experts have now shattered the "we've got twelve years left" to act theory, claiming that political steps to enable the cuts in carbon need to take place before the end of this year, otherwise we will be in a very dire situation.

There is some hope, though...

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Just because many of the world's political leaders are failing to recognize the significance of the climate change crisis, it doesn't mean that other people aren't. In fact, there's a huge number of climate change activists who have been taking the world by storm, aiming to widen the conversation surrounding global warming and offer ways in which we can make a difference for the sake of our planet.

One of those people is seventeen-year-old Greta Thunberg, a pioneering climate change activist.

The teen has drawn in praise from many for raising awareness over the risks posed by climate change while holding politicians to account. Known for her matter-of-fact manner of weighing into the issue, Thunberg has somewhat become the face of the modern climate change movement.

More people may be listening, but things still need to change.

July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded by humans in history across Europe, highlighting the urgency to act.

While much of the fate of the planet lies in the hands of politics, many climate change activists believe that, as individuals, we can still make a change.

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There are many reasons attributing to climate change, with fast-fashion and agriculture being the main 2 culprits that are having the biggest effect on the planet.

But there are ways in which we can make small changes.

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For example, since the increased media coverage on the issue of the fast-fashion industry, and the detrimental contribution it has to climate change, it seems logical to be selective about where and how often we buy clothes. Aka buying second hand, from sustainable brands, or just not as often.

Reducing meat consumption is also a big one...

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When Cowspiracy aired on Netflix in 2015, it was the first time the world was introduced to the idea that the meat and dairy industries were really bad for the environment. So, naturally, in the wake of the so-called climate crisis, people are being urged to go vegan. Or if that's too much, going vegetarian, or simply just reducing meat consumption - in particular, red meat.

Small changes such as these can make a huge difference...

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And it seems that we are finally getting some results.

The Earth's ozone layer has been under an immense amount of strain over the years...

And experts have confirmed that it is finally healing after years of climate damage.

A study by Nature.com has found that its recovery is still in progress...

Lead author of the study, Antara Banerjee, a CIRES Visiting Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder who works in the Chemical Sciences Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said, "This study adds to growing evidence showing the profound effects of the Montreal Protocol. Not only has the treaty spurred healing of the ozone layer... it's also driving recent changes in Southern Hemisphere air circulation patterns."

It showed that although CO2 emissions have risen and continued to expand circulation, including the jet stream, only the changes in ozone can cause certain changes in circulation.

Banerjee added, "The challenge in this study was proving our hypothesis that ozone recovery is, in fact, driving these atmospheric circulation changes and it isn't just a coincidence."

But even though this is an incredible improvement...

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Scientists are still weary that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions and climate change could well undo the work.

Let's hope that we can learn from this wonderful news...

And slowly but surely, we can rebuild our beautiful home here on Planet Earth. Keep scrolling to learn about the teenage "Anti-Greta" climate denier activist...