Climate Update: October 2014

As always, there is some bad news – climate change is still real. But this month, I will start with the good news!

A hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to close, reports the Washington Post. Reasons point to the tighter regulation of chemical dispersal into the atmosphere because the most harmful chemicals, including PCBs, were banned 20-40 years ago. The U.N. report says that it will take until about 2050 for the ozone layer to revert back to healthy levels. Click-through to the simulation video below:

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The ozone layer still remains thin due to the continual use of new chemicals and climate change, but the data shows a small change.

Now for the bad news. NASA reported this: April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, and September 2014 were the warmest respective months ever recorded. Was it hot where you were in September? It was for me. Check out this map. It can be confusing, but red means there were record-breaking high temperatures in that area:

NASA2014TemperatureMap

Remember – temperature increases and climate change aren’t mutually exclusive, unless it is recorded in a pattern. In this case, the average global temperature is rising over time. So, this contributes to the notion of climate change.

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