Thursday, February 08, 2007

What Happened To That Ozone Layer Thing?

Global Warming will have to wait...For now, it's gas guzzling Chevrolet Tahoes and private jet rides for Nancy Pelosi....................

The return of arctic conditions to much of the U.S. has many people sympathizing with this cartoon by Sam Ryskind:

You don’t hear much about the ozone hole any more. Has it gone away? Nope. NOAA and NASA say in 2006 it was bigger and deeper than ever.

But wait, you say, we implemented the Montreal Protocols in 1989, eliminating ozone depleting CFCs. Kofi Annan called the Protocol, “Perhaps the most successful international agreement to date.” CFC concentrations have been falling since 1995. How can the ozone hole be worse?

It’s not worse, says NOAA, it’s better. It’s just that you can’t see how great the Protocol is working because colder than average temperatures in the Antarctic mask the benefit. Cold weather “result[s] in larger and deeper ozone holes, while warmer weather leads to smaller ones.”

Colder in Antarctica? Al Gore told me it was melting! Al Gore told me there was consensus. Consensus!


At 8:51 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

ah yes consesus!..nice word

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

It is 21 degrees colder than the average for this time of year where I am. It has been for a week and there's no relief in site for the forseeable future... I just hope that this cooling trend happens again in August!

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a funny cartoon and comment. Have you got any more of this guy?


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