(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists at the University of Waterloo in Canada found that wildfire smoke destroys the ozone layer.
Due to global warming, major fires may occur more frequently and the Earth’s surface will be exposed to increased exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation. The corresponding findings were published in the journal Science.
Experts analyzed data from the Canadian Space Agency’s Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) satellite to measure the effects of smoke particles in the stratosphere.
It turned out that the smoke from the bushfires in Australia, which happened in 2019 and 2020, destroyed a large amount of atmospheric ozone in the Southern Hemisphere for several months.
When forest fires stop, ozone levels return to their previous values, but an increase in the frequency of fires can increase the process of ozone depletion.
Earlier, scientists from the University of Southampton, after a study, reported that the world is in danger of repeated destruction of the ozone layer, which 360 million years ago led to the extinction of many species of plants and animals.
According to the data obtained, changes in the temperature and climatic cycles of the Earth caused significant destruction of the ozone layer 360 million years ago.
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