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Whither the ozone hole?

To mark the annual International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (Ozone Day), Dr Neil Harris, an expert on the atmospheric composition from the University’s Department of Chemistry, discusses ...

dateSep 16, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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How the N2O greenhouse gas is decomposed

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a harmful climate gas. Its effect as a greenhouse gas is 300 times stronger than that of carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide destroys the ozone layer. In industrial agriculture, it is generated ...

dateAug 22, 2011 in Environment
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Mutant microbes test radiation resistance

Early Earth lacked an ozone layer to act as a shield against high-energy solar radiation, but microbes flourished by adapting to or finding other forms of protection from the higher ultraviolet radiation levels. ...

dateMar 24, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Arctic on the verge of record ozone loss

Unusually low temperatures in the Arctic ozone layer have recently initiated massive ozone depletion. The Arctic appears to be heading for a record loss of this trace gas that protects the Earth's surface against ultraviolet ...

dateMar 14, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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