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Largest Arctic ozone hole ever recorded opens up over North Pole

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 12, 2020
Scientists have detected what may be the largest hole in the ozone layer ever recorded over the North Pole.
Arctic ozone hole
Arctic   Arctic ozone hole
The ozone hole covers an area roughly three times the size of Greenland, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a statement, and could expose people living at far northern latitudes to high levels of ultraviolet radiation if it grows much larger.

Fortunately, the hole looks likely to close on its own in the next few weeks, the ESA researchers said.

"From my point of view, this is the first time you can speak about a real ozone hole in the Arctic," Martin Dameris, an atmospheric scientist at the German Aerospace Center, told Nature.