Ozone layer recovery is threatened by upturn in emissions of ozone-destroying chemicals
An international team of researchers, led by Dr David Oram of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, have discovered an unexpected danger to the ozone layer from chemicals that are not currently regulated. The study highlights a gap in the Montreal Protocol that may need to be addressed in the future.
Thirty years ago, the Montreal Protocol was established to reduce the amount of long-lived ozone-depleting substances that were being released into the atmosphere. The agreement has contributed to a significant reduction in these atmospheric substances, and is widely considered to have started the slow process of healing the ozone layer. However, new research by David Oram has suggested that a number of unregulated short-lived ozone-depleting substances are dramatically increasing in abundance and could be entering the stratosphere, therefore slowing the recovery of the ozone layer.
Leading experts to evaluate climate communications
NCAS is embarking on a newly funded project called the ‘Climate Consortium’, which will put in place national infrastructure to deliver high impact public engagement with climate change.
Working closely alongside a range of academic and non-academic partners, NCAS will bring together leading experts on public engagement to evaluate the climate communications knowledge base for this Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project.
The project team, which spans the length and breadth of the UK, aims to get a clearer sense of ‘who is doing what’ on climate change communication and to debate the most effective strategies and techniques for engaging the public with climate change.
Monitoring gases from Iceland's most active volcanoes
Researchers from NCAS and the Natural Environment Research Council have recently returned from a mission to monitor gases in the skies above Iceland’s active volcanoes. Scientists were on board the UK’s unique flying laboratory looking for signals that may warn of an eruption.