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Low Temperatures Enhance Ozone Degradation Above The Arctic
2012-01-20 05:29:14

KIT Climate Researchers Studied Ozone Hole Formation - Results in “Geophysical Research Letters“ Extraordinarily cold temperatures in the winter of 2010/2011 caused the most massive destruction of the ozone layer above the Arctic so far: The mechanisms leading to the first ozone hole above the North Pole were studied by scientists of the KIT Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK). According to these studies, further cooling of the ozone layer may enhance the...

Astrium Selected To Build Sentinel-5 Precursor Satellite
2011-12-09 04:07:53

Furthering Europe´s capacity to monitor atmospheric pollution, ESA has awarded a contract worth 45.5 million to Astrium UK to act as prime contractor for the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite system. Scheduled to be launched in 2015, Sentinel-5 Precursor (Sentinel-5P) will be the first satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric chemistry for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program. Astrium UK is now responsible for the delivery and integration of the...

2011-11-18 03:47:10

Researchers the world over are seeking reliable ways to predict earthquakes, focusing on identifying seismic precursors that, if detected early enough, could serve as early warnings. New research, published this week in the journal Applied Physics Letters, suggests that ozone gas emitted from fracturing rocks could serve as an indicator of impending earthquakes. Ozone is a natural gas, a byproduct of electrical discharges into the air from several sources, such as from lightning, or,...

Climate Change Disasters Cost US $14 Billion In Past Decade
2011-11-08 14:20:20

Researchers said on Monday that deaths and health problems from floods, drought and other U.S. disasters related to climate change cost $14 billion in the past decade. The study looked at the cost of human suffering and loss of life due to six disasters from 2000 through 2009. "When extreme weather hits, we hear about the property damage and insurance costs," Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and a co-author of the study, said in a statement. "The...

Image 1 - HIPPO Takes To The Skies To Get A Taste Of Earth's Atmosphere
2011-11-01 04:47:43

The HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observation (HIPPO) project generated an extraordinarily detailed mapping of the global distribution of greenhouse gases, black carbon and related chemical species in the atmosphere Once international agreements demand it, effective, enforceable greenhouse gas reduction will require in-depth information on the fluxes and transports of these and other atmospheric constituents. Researchers know that concentrations of aerosols like black carbon and gases like carbon...

Image 1 - Ozone Depletion A Bigger Deal Down Under
2011-10-21 07:20:11

The Earth's thinning ozone layer is synonymous with a singing and dancing seagull named Sid -- at least it is in New Zealand and Australia. "This time of year there is a huge push to 'Slip, Slop, Slap,´" says Hamish Talbot, a native New Zealander. These publicly funded commercials implore people to "slip" on a t-shirt, "slop" on some sunscreen and "slap" on a hat. All this protection is necessary because New Zealand's location in the Southern Hemisphere puts it very close to the...

New Data Shows Antarctic Ozone Hole Still Remains
2011-10-20 13:06:41

[ Watch the Video ] The Antarctic ozone hole, which yawns wide every Southern Hemisphere spring, reached its annual peak on Sept. 12. It stretched to 10.05 million square miles, the ninth largest ozone hole on record. Above the South Pole, the ozone hole reached its deepest point of the season on Oct. 9, tying this year for the 10th lowest in this 26-year record. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) use balloon-borne instruments, ground-based instruments...


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