Why you don’t hear about the ozone layer anymore

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In the ’80s, scientists discovered there was a hole in the ozone over the South Pole. A significant layer of gas that deflects much of the sun’s radiation was disappearing much faster than anyone expected. Projections suggested it would collapse by 2050, increasing skin cancer rates, harming crops, and destroying the marine food chain. The situation was dire. But today, we are on the path to recovery.
Dr. Susan Solomon, among other scientists, contributed key findings to understand what was depleting the ozone layer and how to address it. In this video she takes us back to her expedition to Antarctica, breaks down how we managed to fix this huge problem, and looks at our next big environmental challenge - climate change - with the unbridled optimism that drove her to fix the ozone hole.
Further reading:

To learn about the scientific discoveries by Mario J. Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland that kickstarted research into chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the ’70s, take a look at their groundbreaking paper here:
To read the 1985 paper that revealed there was an ozone hole forming over the South Pole, click here:
You can find Solomon’s 1986 paper on her Antarctica expedition here:
To read more of Solomon’s work, check out her publications here:
To understand the Montreal Protocol in more detail, read the United Nations Environment Programme’s summary here:
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  • Hi! Christina here - I wanted to share NASA’s World Avoided scenario with you. As a child of the ’80s, the threat of the ozone hole was always something I was aware of, but this model really helped me understand the catastrophe we would’ve faced had we ignored it: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/WorldWithoutOzone Thanks so much for watching our video! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

    VoxVoxVor Monat
    • Good video make more videos up on this

      Vasantha KumarVasantha KumarVor Monat
    • Thanks for information

      Vasantha KumarVasantha KumarVor Monat
    • @Aurelius McNaughton Check out Jim Lee YT channel (AKA climateviewer)

    • Oops! CFCs have made a comeback and there's no real (public) explanation why. Please get in touch with Anton Petrov of the DE-visions channel "What the Math" to verify. I would love to hear more scientific channels comment on this.

      Aurelius McNaughtonAurelius McNaughtonVor Monat
    • Wow

      AnotherAnotherVor Monat
  • Grettaaasas 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Farbod GharehbaghiFarbod GharehbaghiVor 6 Stunden
  • Lots of hairspray in the 80s…

    creative solutionscreative solutionsVor 8 Stunden
  • My question is: We here release CFCs then why there was a hole above Antarctica and not above us?

    Saksham SinghaniaSaksham SinghaniaVor 14 Stunden
  • This worked only when solutions were proposed that were efficint. Climate change does not have solutions.

    Chaos JoergChaos JoergVor 17 Stunden
  • Ok the ozone layer is healing but that does not mean we can live reckles again watchout folks

    Ibo WalkerIbo WalkerVor 17 Stunden
  • We go round and round, but in the end it’s about huge companies and corporations and their lobbying. Once they had no use for the compound and had substitutes it was easy to let it go. It’s all about these small bureaucracies and their strong influence and power on the governments and people.

    Ali Al-AjmiAli Al-AjmiVor Tag
  • From around the turn of the century to about 1980 there was a short cooling period and some every harsh winters. Many scientific papers discussing the possibility of an approaching ice age? The importance of putting uncertainty bars on data. Excellent video. Can we do the same for fossil fuels? It's far too easy to pick on the odd vintage preserved steam locomotive, or classic car? How about the 9,000,000,000 tons of coal per year used for electricity (that's nearly double what it was 15 years ago?).

    black5fblack5fVor Tag
  • Because it's not trendy and nobody's falling for it anymore?

    Mindraker1Mindraker1Vor 2 Tage
  • If people would be more proactive in informing the public about climate change, about veganism, about transportation, etc. ( and not make a meme out of it) , we d probably be somewhere by now

    Misu The Cat Misu The Cat Vor 2 Tage
  • Oh come on, if we managed to fix the ozone layer, why can't we get together to completely fix climate change?? Do we need another wake up call? I feel like if we get that call, it will be too late

    mr. nulmr. nulVor 2 Tage
  • Greta is a shameful meme and should not be allowed to speak unless its directly from the sky in her contaminating personal airplane.

    BurnRoddyBurnRoddyVor 3 Tage
  • Our refrigerator still uses cfc lol.

    Kiki SanKiki SanVor 3 Tage
  • We wait and see until ozone is bigger hole

    Kiki SanKiki SanVor 3 Tage
  • Because the big companies paid off the complainant.

    Kiki SanKiki SanVor 3 Tage
  • Lets hope one day in the future we will never have to worry about climate change

    EthanEthanVor 3 Tage
  • Thanks for the info!

    Aditya TiwariAditya TiwariVor 3 Tage
  • Reflection

    Bowen Fulwood-GriffithsBowen Fulwood-GriffithsVor 3 Tage
  • I thought the ozone layer was recovering because we are in a critical state of global warming which is causing more severe weather and storms that result in more lightning strikes which in turn generates ozone?

    M PM PVor 3 Tage
  • This pandemic which slows down human activities and damages is actually helping the environment recover.

    Jennifer GreenfieldJennifer GreenfieldVor 3 Tage
  • Not before big businesses get their environment they demand first...

    private static void;private static void;Vor 4 Tage
  • Come on sending rock to space every week is good way to protect oxygen zone ozone

    Holly Grill .3Holly Grill .3Vor 4 Tage
  • as the understanding is that the ozone hole is always there it was found in the early fifties and cf gases were just beginning to be used it is also thought that refrigerant patents were coming up and the companies didnt want the markets overtaken by third world companies I'm sure thevozonecwhole will get bigger than small again it seems to fluctuate.

    David millsDavid millsVor 4 Tage
  • the same is true about acid rains, it was mentioned everywhere, I remember studying it in school, threats to humanity were : ozone depletion, acid rains and nuclear proliferation. Now it is terrorism, plastic and global warming.

    Mo GhMo GhVor 4 Tage
  • I'm just hoping for less single use plastics

    GeeklingNo1GeeklingNo1Vor 5 Tage
    • Because we're running out

      Harrish RomeroHarrish RomeroVor 2 Tage
  • Now the practical should be changed to profitable bc corporations don’t care if it helps the everyday person only if it profits them directly

    Hell LenaHell LenaVor 6 Tage
  • It was all nice and educational until 7:20 ... why supposedly educated people can't understand that climate change is an already lost war? instead of losing time with bicycles and lowering life standards we should be constructing domes and nuclear plants to protect us from the hostile enviroment. The best way to archieve sustainability is when you are forced to be confined against a deadly enviroment (for example: in outher space)

    ExeliusExeliusVor 6 Tage
  • But ozone depletion is still in our syllabus so it matters to us till changes in syllabus.

    Digvijay SinghDigvijay SinghVor 6 Tage
  • I'll be dead in the next 15/20 years. So?

    Chance the dogChance the dogVor 7 Tage
  • But Woke people hating on Elon and Tesla LOL

    leeleeVor 7 Tage
  • I wish corporations death with their profit. We the people are not to blame, profit is.

    Orfeas DroopOrfeas DroopVor 8 Tage
  • El cambio climático es un proceso natural de la tierra, todos estos movimientos ambientalistas solo son incentivados por politicos y empresarios como una forma de ganar dinero y votos. Los volcanes liberan CFC que agotan el ozono a la atmósfera. Una sola erupción expulsa más CFC a la atmósfera que todos los CFC utilizados por la humanidad desde que fueron descubiertos y utilizados en latas de aerosol y otras aplicaciones industriales y de consumo. Todos esos acuerdos firmados por politicos solo fueron hechos para beneficiar a las grandes empresas que ahora se aprovechan de todos estos movimientos ambientalistas llenos de jovenes ignorantes a los cueles ahora se les cobra el doble de precio por productos que "no dañan la capa de ozono".

    Bautista Da Costa-CastroBautista Da Costa-CastroVor 8 Tage
  • Climate change is a natural process of the earth, all these environmental movements are only encouraged by politicians and businessmen as a way to earn money and votes. Volcanoes release ozone-depleting CFCs into the atmosphere. A single eruption expels more CFCs into the atmosphere than all the CFCs used by mankind since they were discovered and used in aerosol cans and other industrial and consumer applications. All those agreements signed by politicians were only made to benefit large companies that now take advantage of all these environmental movements full of ignorant young people who are now charged double the price for products that "do not damage the ozone layer" .

    Bautista Da Costa-CastroBautista Da Costa-CastroVor 8 Tage
  • Ah, pre 2000’s. When people actually agreed on things

    A literal PotholeA literal PotholeVor 9 Tage
  • If only the world realized the people least affected by climate change are the ones causing it the most. And half of these people deny it even exists whole entire communities and ecosystems are wiped out

    CriptonyxCriptonyxVor 9 Tage
  • gg's in the chat

    Trevor TiberioTrevor TiberioVor 9 Tage
  • Fox News didn't exist then or they would have been screaming that not using CFC was tyranny.

    BotzBotzVor 9 Tage
  • That's all great and all but everyone's forgetting the real find out of this whole thing! 2:41 Abraham Lincolns distant relative anyone? Lol

    Jay CuthbertJay CuthbertVor 10 Tage
  • 5:31 Maneka Gandhi from India in the green saari

    IIVor 11 Tage
  • Climate change over the hole in the ozone I don't want skin cancer plus all theses changes in the climate will start new evolution we already have grolar bears a grizzly polar bear hybrid they are like the cave bears of the modern era

    Seith daslothSeith daslothVor 11 Tage
  • There are still denialists that birds exist, diseases exist, and climate change existing. Though human pollution and such does affect algae blooms to the way of climates in much evidence

    Anoetic OddZeroAnoetic OddZeroVor 11 Tage
  • Now why can’t we Unite and do this with Facebook/Meta’s Virtual Destructive Monopoly? Come on World. 💪 🌎 I’m doing my part by not using Facebook for the last 6 years and vowing to never sign up for Meta. But there is more that needs to be done (WhatsApp, Instagram...). Does anyone know any stupidly rich dude or dudette that can buy off (I was gonna say Zuckerberg but with more money he’ll only do worst) Congress people to do something about Whatsapp at least... separate his social media Monopoly? It should be illegal for one person to have that much power over the world.

    Gee WizGee WizVor 12 Tage
  • You don't realise how much climate hopelessness and climate anxiety you hold until you randomly start choking up seeing world leaders unite for a climate related action like this.

    Jayati GuptaJayati GuptaVor 12 Tage
    • @Marshin72 caught me really offguard too. Weird that it's so deep seated and we don't even know or recognise yet :(

      Jayati GuptaJayati GuptaVor 12 Tage
    • Omg this. I’m literally tearing up watching the world come together to replenish the ozone.

      Marshin72Marshin72Vor 12 Tage
  • This definitely was all thanks to covid, some things are blessings in disguise…We can only pray and hope that it stays this way!

    𝗢𝗵 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗶𝗢𝗵 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗶Vor 12 Tage
    • I've never heard ozone's layer for a while in 2021

      Harrish RomeroHarrish RomeroVor 2 Tage
    • Before

      Harrish RomeroHarrish RomeroVor 2 Tage
  • *_The fact is that I litrally just heard about it in my geography book today_*

    False NoobFalse NoobVor 13 Tage
  • At this point I'm not even shocked if someone confirms we live in a simulation world

    HerzmlugHerzmlugVor 14 Tage
  • Reuters News - board of directors that control news world wide are also on the board of directors for Pfizer ! ASK QUESTIONS !

    valkry007valkry007Vor 14 Tage
  • I fixed it, your welcome

    WavytinoWavytinoVor 14 Tage
  • Was unture

    Gerry WoodGerry WoodVor 14 Tage
  • Good video but why you mentioned child greta thunberg is she expert?

    Vaibhav BhoreVaibhav BhoreVor 15 Tage
    • @Ross but still not expert

      Vaibhav BhoreVaibhav BhoreVor 14 Tage
    • No, but she's not wrong.

      RossRossVor 14 Tage
  • Me seeing the title of the video: SHES A FLOP!

    mattress666mattress666Vor 15 Tage
  • It is so refreshing to hear good news about the environment for once.

    Shane HelperShane HelperVor 15 Tage
  • 7:03 The sizzling noise and the red atmosphere sure were scary

    Sean LuoSean LuoVor 16 Tage
  • the ozone layer has been really quiet since taylor swift started re-recording her music

    seerpouseerpouVor 16 Tage
  • the 3P for climate change missing the last P, and a C in it. . because many big corporations don't care enough about climate change, or maybe don't care at all 🙄

    Ahdan PrasetyoAhdan PrasetyoVor 17 Tage
  • 5:30 that's Maneka Gandhi.

    Lavender MLavender MVor 17 Tage
  • Now show news clips from reliable sources!

    CameraCameraVor 18 Tage
  • We solved it? What do you mean with "we"? It wasn't you, it wasn't your country, it was a Mexican, Nobel prize winner, and one of the greatest minds ever to roam the earth.

    Andrés MendozaAndrés MendozaVor 18 Tage
  • Wait-? If the ozone layer dissapears…the world will END?

    ggazrtggazrtVor 18 Tage
  • The exact reason why I support freedom fighters. Or “domestic terrorists” because they are one of the only people risking their lives so children can actually still be born.

    Primitive PestilencePrimitive PestilenceVor 18 Tage
  • Oh so the ozone layer was fixed because they changed spray cans ? Ok

    Ful-O-GoldFul-O-GoldVor 19 Tage
  • We did NOT fix the ozone layer..! The ozone hole was gradually "closed" via the proses of compensation & redistribution by the healthier global areas.... ; however the global ozone thickness has somewhat reduced....! The compensation & re-distribution proses was made possible & quickly after the Montreal Treaty was executed...! This somewhat positive news has no way reduced the threat of Global Warming which is continually invading this Planets health...! The INTERNATIONAL Community must come together as one, to save this Planet from our destructive habits..!

  • One day why we no longer hear about climate change is because we are already dead at that time.

    M'Gabz G.M'Gabz G.Vor 20 Tage
  • It’s fixed so why tf I’m still hearing about climate change

    Antonio BurkeAntonio BurkeVor 20 Tage
    • Because the ozone hole wasn't related to climate change. They are two separate instances.

      WilshWilshVor 8 Tage
  • The 3 Ps mentioned do not seem to apply to climate change (yet) - personal: most of the developed world lives sheltered away from problems caused by global warming. sure there's an extra hot summer here and there but it's not catastrophic. - perceptible: yes the earth is warming, but it is hard to perceive the causal effect from warmer temperatures to natural disasters (floods, forrest fires, tornados). natural disasters have always happened and will happen regardless of climate change. - practical: in the ozone problem, CFCs were the main cause and had a clear replacement. Nevermind the solutions, I don't think we even agree on what the main problem is for climate change. Is it C02 emissions from cars? single-use plastics? methane? And for each one, there is no practical replacement yet.

    beyondtheclouds95beyondtheclouds95Vor 21 Tag
  • This is why you say it again and again why do we not just allow everyone to use their own electrical skateboards and E scooters,

    GDogg ProductionsGDogg ProductionsVor 21 Tag
  • There is a world of difference between the hole in the ozone layer and climate change. It was so much easier to deal with the ozone layer issue because a) it involved just one chemical (CFCs), b) the ozone layer hole has been caused entirely by human activity, and c) CFCs were never present in significant quantities on Earth before modern industrial civilization came into being. By contrast, climate change is so much more complex of a phenomenon/issue, and it's caused not only by fossil fuel emissions and other human-induced factors (e.g. the urban heat island; land use changes) but also - and arguably more so - by natural factors like the sun, oceans, cosmic rays, Earth rotational cycles, and volcanic eruptions. Wildfires, floods, severe storms, and the like would be happening anyway without fossil fuel emissions, and just look at the historical and geological records for more.

    Yosef RobinsonYosef RobinsonVor 21 Tag
  • When we were kids, there was chocolate company which offered a scheme - "if you collect outer plastic packaging of our chocolates and send it to our po box, we will reward you with 1 bucks for every 20 piece of plastic wraps" It was printed with a slogan "we produce it so we take care of it". They would recycle the wraps. Thats what happened with ban of cfcs. The manufacturers of cfcs were targeted more, I think that's why it was possible to fix the main issue. So the those who produce these things should be questioned more than often.

    Angelic AsysnilaAngelic AsysnilaVor 21 Tag
  • wow , this was taught to us in school in 4rth grade about how cfs damage the ozone, and in 4 years (im in 8th now) its all fixed up(its shrinking instead of growing) thats so cool , hopefully we can even fix the climate change before i graduate high school

    Akshat SinghaniaAkshat SinghaniaVor 21 Tag
  • That's honestly pretty amazing, I thought the answer was about to be because it was all gone 🤷

    LLVor 22 Tage
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