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Ozone Layer Damage Has Halted September 24, 2010
September 2011 Ozone Hole
The extent of ozone depletion at the peak of the season is significantly less now than in earlier years.
The global agreement to phase out the use of chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting compounds appears to have finally stopped additional damage to Earth’s protective layer of stratospheric ozone.

Scientists say the ozone layer is no longer depleting and should regain its density by about 2048.

The first report in four years by the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol says the ozone “hole” is recovering more quickly than expected.

The ozone provides a filter against harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, which can cause cataracts and skin cancer.

Photo: NASA