Our Best Evidence Yet That Humans Are Fixing the Ozone Hole

‘The ozone hole feels like the quintessential ‘80s problem, but unlike car phones and mullets, it remains relevant in a number of ways. For starters, it’s still there, chilling over Antartica. More importantly, it’s slowly healing, and a new study offers some of the best evidence yet that sound environmental policy is responsible.

It’s been nearly 30 years since the world adopted the Montreal Protocol, a landmark treaty banning the use of ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). But despite a firm scientific understanding of the link between CFCs and ozone depletion, it’s been tough to tell how much of a success the protocol was, because the ozone hole didn’t start showing signs of recovery until a few years back….’

Via Earther.com


You Love Chocolate? Here’s the Bad News

(It’s Very Bad News):

‘As the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just explained, cacao plants are on the road to becoming extinct by 2050.

In essence, climate change is going to suck far more moisture out of soil and plants in Africa.

There probably won’t be enough rainfall to offset this sucking.

That will drive cacao farms — which are mostly in West Africa — up the mountains. There, though, the conditions aren’t ideal. And much of the mountain areas are already designated as wildlife preserves.

We, the chocolate lovers of the world, are likely doomed….’

Via Inc.com