Scientists say the hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer, across the Southern Hemisphere tonight, is bigger than usual and exceeded that of Antarctica already.

The hole which arises each year in the Earth’s ozone layer is of an abnormally large size this year and covers an area larger than Antarctica, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

The European Union’s Atmosphere Monitoring Service report on Thursday that the ozone hole that appears every year in the southern hemisphere’s spring had grown substantially last week after an average start.

“Forecasts show that this year´s hole has evolved into a rather larger than usual one,”Vincent-Henri Peuch

“Forecasts show that this year´s hole has evolved into a rather larger than usual one,” said Mr. Vincent-Henri Pdir, the head of the EU’s satellite surveillance service.

Atmospheric ozone absorbs ultraviolet light generated by the Sun.

His absence means that more of this high-energy radiation will arrive at earth where it can harm living cells.

Pedir pointed out that the ozone hole also began last year unobtrusively, but became what became the longest lasting on record.

The Montreal Protocol, which was signed in 1987, has banned a group of chemicals known as halogenation hydrocarbons, which are blamed for worsening the yearly ozone hole.

Copernicus Programme

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Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth observation programme coordinated and managed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency , the EU Member States and EU agencies. (wikipedia)

Montreal Protocol

On Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances (wikipedia)

European Union

The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The union has a total area of 4,233,255. (wikipedia)

European Union Space Programme

The European Union Space Programme was established in 2021 by transforming the pre-existing European Space Policy established on 22 May 2007 when a joint and concomitant meeting at the ministerial lev (wikipedia)