As the Ozone layer depletes above us, day in and day out we find new discoveries which further hurt our chances of recovery. In sunlight snow can cause the release of nitrogen oxide gasses which help deplete the ozone layer. Whats more is that it is found that impurities found in Arctic snow (some caused by climate change) can further amplify the process. Researchers found that snow with salt levels similar to those found in the wild released 40-90 percent more nitrogen oxide gas compared to snow which contained no salt.
This is important because it is just another problem that humans are going to have to face if we want to fix the damage we have caused to the environment. I worry things are going to become too much to tackle and we will never be able to fix our problems.
A new study published by the University of Miami suggests that a current in the Indian ocean is getting wider and wider. The study says that Indian Ocean's Agulhas Current is getting increasingly wide instead of gaining force as it should be. This means that changing wind patterns are spreading out the current instead of strengthening it. Changes in currents could increase future climate change. Recent studies show that ocean currents are a mitigating factor in climate change, as they warm at three times the rate of ocean water.
This has serious implications for humans. This is another bullet point on a never ending list of mitigating factors of climate change which humans are going to have to confront sooner rather than later. We are running out of time to solve our environmental problems and electing officials like Donald Trump is only setting us back. We must push for change now more than ever before it's too late.
In response to the growing threat of Kenya's elephant population going extinct, the government's elephant tracking program has outfitted two more elephants with trackers. The program aims to map out elephant's movement patterns to try and understand their behavior. With the data they gather they hope to be able to plan and minimize human contact with these endangered animals which can help protect their fragile population. This is important because the elephant population is a representation of what humans are doing to our environment. Humans are responsible for the scarcity of these animals and we must work to restore the natural flow. Minimizing human contact will not solve all the problems as we must also combat the threat of illegal hunters, as poachers go after these elephants for their ivory tusks.