The Ozone: A Lesson We Chose To Ignore

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In the late 1980’s, the world faced an unprecedented threat. Researchers measuring ultraviolet (UV) radiation and atmospheric patterns had come to an agreement. The Ozone layer, a thin area of the Earth’s atmosphere, was shrinking. The conclusions of such environmental scientists was reached using instruments on orbiting satellites as well as UV tools on the surface of Earth.