NOTE to Consumers, and People who eat Food - go organic, and you won't be supporting the industries that use bromide.
The oxone is still being depleted by the CFCs we produced long ago too. These harmfull chemicals are in old refigerators and so on, and they are not being properly cleaned up when disposed of.
I would suggest we get a program going where they are fully recovered. And I suggest that corporations who were involed in the production, and profits, of CFCs, should fund the program. If not, let our government do it becacause it needs to be done.
Health and environmental concerns will only grow because it takes a long time to wear down the effects of these chemcials, and because we are still producing and using Bromide.
Europe banned Bromide long ago.
? Canada - anyone know our status on Bromide production, imports, and useage? Rev?
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news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4506182.stm (external - login to view)
New research from the US and Canada indicates ozone-eating chemicals are still being released into the atmosphere in large quantities.
The latest modelling predicts the protective gas layer found in the stratosphere will not now recover its health until about the year 2065.
Ozone is a molecule that is composed of three oxygen atoms. It is responsible for filtering out harmful ultra-violet radiation (less than 290 nanometres) from the Sun.
The gas is constantly being made and destroyed in the stratosphere, about 30 km above the Earth. In an unpolluted atmosphere, this cycle of production and decomposition is in equilibrium.
But CFCs and the other Montreal-restricted chemicals will rise into the stratosphere where they are broken down by the Sun's rays. Chlorine and bromine atoms released from the man-made products then act as catalysts to decompose ozone.
This year's Antarctic ozone hole was among the biggest ever recorded, extending over an area of about 26 million square km.