When it comes to humanity’s impact on the planet, we just can’t seem to find the right balance. When one thing comes into balance, another gets thrown out of whack. In this case it looks like the ozone layer is finally starting to get fixed up while greenhouse gases are hitting dangerously high levels. According to Engadget and a paper from NASA’s Goddard Space Center, the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays is starting to heal. And at the same time, data from NOAA reveals that the global month average for airborne carbon dioxide is now 400 parts per million (ppm) – or 50 ppm beyond the United Nation’s “safe limit” for atmospheric carbon.
First to the good news; data from NASA’s AURA satellite had led scientists to the conclusion that the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that currently sits at an area of 12 million square miles will decrease in size by the year 2040.
Then the bad news; in regards to the carbon dioxide situation, NOAA says the only way to hold back rising CO2 emissions is to cut 80 per cent of the world’s fossil fuel emissions–right away. The only way to do that is for humans to completely abandon fossil fuels, which seems like a pretty unrealistic idea at best–given humanity’s current reliance on fossil fuels and the slow responses by governments and apathy by average citizens to curb said dependence.
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