Record ozone depletion over Europe

Fears that ozone depletion would escalate to record levels this winter have been realised as researchers announced that up to 18% of the ozone layer over Europe disappeared in January. Even larger losses are expected in coming years.

Two months ago, scientists involved in the 17-nation European Arctic Stratospheric Ozone Experiment (EASOE) warned that ideal conditions for ozone depletion were occurring over the northern hemisphere (ENDS Report 205, p 8 ).

Analysis of their data has now shown that stations across Europe showed ozone levels

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