Tuesday, September 30, 2008

PROTOCOLS CAN WORK


It's spring in Antarctica and the ozone hole has already developed. Average temperatures over the area and controls on ozone depleting chemicals means the amount of ozone removed will be large but not record proportions.


The image above is of nacreous clouds at the Davis Base on September 1, 2008. These polar stratospheric clouds occur at 10 kms and higher above the surface of the earth. It's the particles in these clouds that initiate the chemical changes in the atmosphere that leads to the formation of the ozone hole.

In September 1987, the international treaty to protect earth's ozone layer was signed. The Montreal Protocol is a global agreement to limit the production and release of man-made substances which cause harm to the protective blanket of ozone in the stratosphere.

I posted another nacreous cloud in 2006.


5 comments:

Ann O'Dyne said...

I wandered lonely, as a cloud ... a nacreous cloud ... and then I started playing with the newish blogger 'following' thingy and so far I have you on it.

peace and love

River said...

I try to do my bit by not using aerosol sprays and not farting too much.

Brian Hughes said...

"The Montreal Protocol is a global agreement to limit the production and release of man-made substances which cause harm to the protective blanket of ozone in the stratosphere."

We could start by sticking bungs in all the gobs of the politicians, thus significantly reducing the amount of methane expelled every year.

JahTeh said...

Damn it Annie, what newish blogger 'following' thingy? I'm missing something techie, tell me.

That's fine River, my ex is probably making up for you.

Fleetwood, if we could bungs in the other end as well, we could reduce the amount of politicians.
Dear GWB is looking as though somebody has already done it to him.

JahTeh said...

'put' bungs...