Emissions from the chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons used as refrigerants and aerosols didn't just burn a hole in the ozone layer. They also shifted the Southern Hemisphere's jet stream south towards Antarctica.
A study published in Nature Wednesday found that the 1987 Montreal Protocol banning those substances wasn't just successful in helping to repair the ozone hole. It also paused this jet stream shift.
"This is an object lesson in how the international community should react to global environmental challenges," the study's authors concluded. "Restricting dangerous emissions and changing business practices is also the way to combat global warming caused by greenhouse gases."
On a global scale, the news is a hopeful example of how we might act on the climate crisis. It shows our actions can stop climate change. We can see coordinated action works. It is a strong message to us as emitters of greenhouse gases. This shows we can manipulate the climate both ways: in a wrong way and by reversing the damage we have done. (source: EcoWatch.com)
Waiting for a global coordination of efforts to reverse damages to our ecosystem, we can do a lot as individuals: switch to renewable energy, switch to vegan diet, carefully choose our shopping switching to reusable compostable recyclable objects. Shop with us to find natural alternatives to single use plastics.
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