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Climate emissions are shrinking the stratosphere – says scientists

Scientists say that climate emissions are shrinking the stratosphere.

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Scientists say that climate emissions are shrinking the stratosphere.

Greenhouse gases are affecting humans and the environment badly. With the increase in GHG, the layer of the atmosphere containing the ozone layer is disappearing. The thickness of the atmospheric layer has contracted by 400 meters since the 1980s. There is a possibility that the layer will further shrink by 2080. The changes have the potential to affect satellite operations, the GPS navigation system, and radio communications. The climate crisis had shifted the Earth’s axis as the massive melting of glaciers redistributes weight around the globe.

The stratosphere is 20km to 60km above the earth. The ozone layer filters the ultraviolet radiations from the sun so that cool waves can reach the Earth. A situation where the ozone layer is shrinking is alarming for the world. 

Scientists already knew the troposphere was growing in height as carbon emissions rose and had hypothesized that the stratosphere was shrinking. But the new study is the first to demonstrate this and shows it has been contracting around the globe since at least the 1980s when satellite data was first gathered.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, reached its conclusions using the small set of satellite observations taken since the 1980s in combination with multiple climate models, which included the complex chemical interactions that occur in the atmosphere. The research further said that the climatic conditions are worsening due to the increased Anthropocene activities of humans. 

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