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Unusually small ozone hole attributed to strong upper level weather systems
Scientists from NASA and the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have confirmed the ozone hole over the Antarctic this September is not only much smaller than it was in 2000 and 2001, but has split into two separate (2002-09-30)

Long-term ozone exposure increases ARDS risks in critically ill
Critically ill patients who are exposed to higher daily levels of ozone are more likely to develop acute respiratory disease syndrome, according to a new study published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2016-01-07)

Ozone Above Indian Ocean Linked To African Lightning
In one of the first studies to trace lightning's chemical impact across thousands of miles, a team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research has connected elevated ozone levels in the eastern Indian Ocean with lightning produced in Africa. The results will be presented December 6 at the American Geophysical Union's fall conference. (1998-12-02)

NASA sensors find pollution hiding in the SHADOZ
NASA and scientists from 10 tropical countries have used balloon-borne sensors to obtain the first picture of the structure of ozone (pollution) in the tropical troposphere. Under the SHADOZ (Southern Hemisphere Additional Ozonesondes) Project, they have found that ozone (2002-05-31)

Ozone detection
Researchers in Freiburg have developed a highly-sensitive, miniaturized mobile ozone sensor which can be used not only in air, but also in water and in the vicinity of explosive gases. (2010-01-18)

2014 Antarctic ozone hole holds steady
The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The size of this year's hole was 24.1 million square kilometers (9.3 million square miles) -- an area roughly the size of North America. (2014-10-30)

Getting to the TOPP of Houston's air pollution
As Texas environmental regulators prepare to implement the state's latest plan to bring Houston into compliance with federal clean air standards, researchers from Rice University and Valparaiso University are conducting the first systematic survey of atmospheric ozone above Houston using daily weather balloon launches. With a $100,000 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project is measuring ozone from the ground to more than 100,000 feet. (2005-08-09)

Alpine ice shows three-fold increase in atmospheric iodine
Analysis of iodine trapped in Alpine ice has shown that levels of atmospheric iodine have tripled over the past century, which partially offsets human-driven increases in the air pollutant, ozone. (2018-11-12)

EPA ozone pollution standards 'unhealthy for America,' says American Thoracic Society president
David H. Ingbar, M.D., president of the American Thoracic Society, today called the proposed standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for ozone pollution -- commonly known as smog -- (2007-06-21)

Breeding ozone-tolerant crops
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists working with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that future levels of ground-level ozone could reduce soybean yields by an average 23 percent. (2011-08-22)

The ozone layer continues to thin
The vital ozone layer has continued to deplete in recent years over the densely populated mid-latitudes and tropics, while it is recovering at the poles. This is documented by an international research team in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. (2018-02-06)

First ozone and nitrogen dioxide measurements from MetOp-A
The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) on board MetOp-A launched in October 2006 and currently undergoing commissioning has delivered the first geophysical products for monitoring the Earth's ozone layer, and European and global air quality. (2007-03-14)

Short-term increase in ozone linked to rise in number of deaths in large US cities
A 10-ppb (parts per billion) increase in daily ozone levels is associated with an increase in the number of deaths in large U.S. urban communities, according to an article in the November 17 issue of JAMA. (2004-11-16)

Stricter limits for ozone pollution would boost need for science, measurements
A tougher federal standard for ozone pollution, under consideration to improve public health, would ramp up the importance of scientific measurements and models, according to a new commentary published in the June 5 edition of Science by researchers at NOAA and its cooperative institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. (2015-06-04)

NASA reveals new results from inside the ozone hole
NASA scientists have revealed the inner workings of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica and found that declining chlorine in the stratosphere has not yet caused a recovery of the ozone hole. (2013-12-11)

'Raining' electrons contribute to ozone destruction
First-time evidence shows electrons precipitating or (2000-12-13)

2012 Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years
The average area covered by the Antarctic ozone hole this year was the second smallest in the last 20 years, according to data from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites. Scientists attribute the change to warmer temperatures in the Antarctic lower stratosphere. (2012-10-24)

Record ozone loss during 2006 over South Pole
Ozone measurements made by ESA's Envisat satellite have revealed the ozone loss of 40 million tons on 2 October 2006 has exceeded the record ozone loss of about 39 million tons for 2000. (2006-10-02)

NASA satellites and balloons spot airborne pollution 'train'
NASA scientists discovered pollution could catch an airborne (2004-05-03)

2003 ozone 'hole' approaches, but falls short of record
This year's Antarctic ozone hole is the second largest ever observed, according to scientists from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Naval Research Laboratory. (2003-09-29)

Key compound of ozone destruction detected
For the first time, KIT scientists have successfully measured in the ozone layer the chlorine compound ClOOCl which plays an important role in stratospheric ozone depletion. The doubts in the established models of polar ozone chemistry expressed by American researchers based on laboratory measurements are disproved by these new atmospheric observations. The established role played by chlorine compounds in atmospheric ozone chemistry is in fact confirmed by KIT's atmospheric measurements. (2010-07-22)

NOAA study shows nitrous oxide now top ozone-depleting emission
Nitrous oxide has now become the largest ozone-depleting substance emitted through human activities, and is expected to remain the largest throughout the 21st century, NOAA scientists report in a new study. (2009-08-27)

FSU Research: Despite less ozone pollution, not all plants benefit
Policies and new technologies have reduced emissions of precursor gases that lead to ozone air pollution, but despite those improvements, the amount of ozone that plants are taking in has not followed the same trend, according to Florida State University researchers. (2020-01-22)

2001 ozone hole about the same size as past three years
Satellite data show the area of this year's Antarctic ozone hole peaked at about 26 million square kilometers making the hole similar in size to those of the past three years, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Researchers have observed a leveling-off of the hole size and predict a slow recovery. (2001-10-16)

ATS statement regarding White House decision to delay new ozone standard
Today, the White House issued a press release stating they would not move to issue a final standard on ozone pollution. The American Thoracic strongly condemns this decision. (2011-09-02)

NASA pinpoints causes of 2011 Arctic ozone hole
A combination of extreme cold temperatures, man-made chemicals and a stagnant atmosphere were behind what became known as the Arctic ozone hole of 2011, a new NASA study finds. (2013-03-11)

Overseas NOx could be boosting ozone levels in US
Large amounts of a chemical that boosts ozone production are being transported to North America from across the Pacific Ocean in May. These higher levels of NOx could be contributing to significant increases in ozone levels over North America. (2006-02-16)

Waves in the atmosphere batter South Pole, shrink 2002 ozone hole
A greater number of large (2002-12-09)

Livermore scientists contribute to new measurements of stratospheric ozone
A team of scientists, including two from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have identified a new method to measure the amount of stratospheric ozone that is present at any given time in the upper troposphere. (2004-04-08)

Scientists find ozone-destroying molecule
For years, scientists theorized that a molecule called ClOOCl (the (2004-02-03)

As ozone hole approaches annual peak, NASA scientists reveal latest information and images
As the Antarctic ozone hole approaches its annual peak, NASA scientists are using the latest tools to determine what effect the ban on CFCs and related chemicals has had and how long we will have to wait for a full ozone layer recovery. (2006-09-28)

Plankton are not affected by ozone depletion
Plankton are still blooming despite the ravages of ozone depletion. According to Californian researchers, increased ultraviolet radiation from the ozone hole above Antarctica is scarcely having any effect on the growth of marine plankton in the ocean below. (2000-02-15)

Annual Antarctic ozone hole larger and formed later in 2015
The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole area was larger and formed later than in recent years, said scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (2015-10-29)

Future air quality could put plants and people at risk
Future ozone levels could be high enough to cause serious damage to plants and crops, even if emissions of greenhouse gases are reduced, says new research. And without sufficient reductions in emissions, ozone levels could also pose a risk to human health. (2014-11-06)

One in 20 cases of pre-eclampsia may be linked to air pollutant
One in every 20 cases of the serious condition of pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, may be linked to increased levels of the air pollutant ozone during the first three months, suggests a large study published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2013-02-06)

It's not just the heat -- it's the ozone: Study highlights hidden dangers
During heat waves -- when ozone production rises --- plants' ozone absorption is curtailed, leaving more pollution in the air, and costing an estimated 460 lives in the UK in the hot summer of 2006. (2013-07-19)

Study reveals poor Houston air quality
A study by a Texas A&M University researcher shows that Houston has wild fluctuations of air pollution - far above acceptable national standards - and these could pose a serious health risk to the city's inhabitants unless controls are quickly started. (2004-04-14)

FSU meteorologists' work may lead to better tracking of hurricanes
Recently, two NASA-funded scientists from Florida State University analyzed ozone levels surrounding hurricanes. Their work could lead to better methods of forecasting the paths of the deadly storms. (2005-06-08)

Banning Chemicals To Protect Ozone May Aggravate Global Warming
Some of the chemicals being phased out to protect the ozone layer offer offsetting benefits, such as reducing global warming, a University of Illinois researcher says. (1997-12-04)

NASA, NOAA data show significant Antarctic ozone hole remains
The Antarctic ozone hole, which yawns wide every Southern Hemisphere spring, reached its annual peak on Sept. 12. It stretched to 10.05 million square miles, the ninth largest ozone hole on record. Above the South Pole, the ozone hole reached its deepest point of the season on Oct. 9, tying this year for the 10th lowest in this 26-year record. (2011-10-20)

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