A recent report from the U.N. scientific panel has proven to us that when the world comes together, we can recover our planet from an environmental crisis. At least, that is the way it seems to be going for our ozone layer.
For the first time in 35 years, scientists have confirmed that the ozone layer has been increasing, a staggering 4 percent. This is great news considering that until 2000, the layer had been showing a rapid decrease. A possible reason for this recovery is the phase-out of harsh chemicals, aerosol cans and refrigerants in the 1980s.
In perspective, to us it also means that with this achievement, about 2 million skin cancer cases and conditions such as damage to eyes and immune systems, will be prevented annually by 2030.
The ozone layer is so well on track, in fact, that the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization have predicted that the damage will be backtracked by 2050.
Let’s hope that this continues to be a success story, our changing ways are making a difference!