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Record Stratospheric Ozone Loss in the Arctic in Spring of 2011

Geneva – Depletion of the ozone layer – the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – has reached an unprecedented level over the Arctic this spring because of the continuing presence of ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere and a very cold winter in the stratosphere. The record loss is despite an international agreement which has been very successful in cutting production and consumption of ozone destroying chemicals.

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