Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Large Ozone Hole Observed Above Northern Europe


Exceptionally Large Ozone Hole Above Northern Europe Detected

By Marietta Gross - Scoop Media Auckland.

Scoop Report: According to a recently published study scientists have observed an exceptionally large ozone hole above Northern Europe, North America, Northern Asia and parts of the Arctic. The protecting ozone layer constricted by up to 60 per cent from February to March 2004, scientists from the University of Colorado wrote in the journal “Geophysical Research Letters”.

“This decrease comes unexpectedly”, says study author Cora Randall. One possible explanation is a particle storm sent by the sun. Heavy winds have also ballooned harmful nitrogen oxide and dioxide up into the atmosphere 30 kilometres above the Earth's surface.

Scientists from Canada, Sweden and Norway participated in the study.

The ozone layer protects the Earth against ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This layer is thinning and the phenomenon is a precursor to an ozone hole appearing.

Since the mid-1980s an ozone hole has appeared every year at the end of the Antarctic Winter. Up to now Europe and the Arctic has not witnessed ozone depletion to the same degree as on the other side of the globe above Antarctica, New Zealand and Australia. Too intensive ultraviolet radiation can cause skin cancer and damage plants.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

ALSO:

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news