Bad News For the Planet, But At Least It Will Make Fox News’ Head* Explode
|The ozone layer high above the United States is breaking down, with chemical reactions triggered by mega-cumulonimbus clouds bursting through the troposphere.
Graphical depiction by Robert Stanhope, Anderson group, Harvard UniversityA new study by a veteran Harvard researcher indicates that the protective ozone layer is being compromised by moisture that used to stay out down in the troposphere, where we humans live. This is a big problem because it appears to establish a link between the extreme weather that is now normal weather, and a new ozone depletion crisis. If you recall and even if you don’t the species solved the ozone layer depletion problem back in the eighties with banning of CFCs. It was perhaps the last time nations were able to act together to prevent an environmental catastrophe of the first order. This time around, corporate interests will crush any effort towards remediation, first by discrediting the study.That process should be interesting, as Jim Anderson is a longtime atmospheric chemistry professor at Harvard. While he doesn’t have the scientific credentials of a Rick Perry or Jimmy Inhofe, he’s still pretty good. No offical action will be taken in the current climate (pun intended) and most likely no action CAN be taken at this point, but here’s how it works as an FYI.Most of the ozone layer occurs the stratosophere, where it forms a protective layer against UV rays, the kind that cause skin cancer and kill crops. When ozone is destroyed in the lower stratosphere, it is usually caused by free radicals (chlorine or bromine) which borrow an atom from ozone, leaving regular oxygen. Ozone is simply oxygen on steroids.
Ozone is normally destroyed in the presence of extremely cold temperatures, this accounting for the Arctic and Antarctic crises brought on by CFC concentrations in the stratosphere. However, Anderson has long suspected that high concentrations of water vapor could trigger ozone destroying reactions at lower temperatures, such as those found in the mid-latitudes. And nothing increases water vapor faster than a big ole cumulonimbus cloud borne upwards by a violent thunderstorm convections.Previously, severe storms tended to stop abruptly at the border between troposphere and stratosphere, accounting for the flat, anvil shaped clouds sometimes observed during a storm. In a nutshell, adding more water vapor means more chlorine free radicals form, which increase the reaction rate in the presence of sunlight. The study shows chlorine molecules build up rapidly, within the first 24 hours after a storm. As a result, ozone loss can increase by two orders of magnitude compared to that in the normally dry stratosphere. As professional alarmists, the CatMap Editorial Board doesn’t just let you know when the free radicals have hit the fan, we also offer advice: invest in zinc oxide.
*We have evidence that it is just a single head in the sense that there is also a universal jellyfish consciousness. It could be true.