A MIT-led team of researchers presented evidence that Antarctica’s ozone hole finally is starting to heal. It is an indication that the Montreal Protocol – the 1987 treaty signed by almost every nation that phased out the use of chlorofluorocarbons, – is having its intended effect. This week, in the journal Science, researchers said they’re finally starting to detect results. In September, the hole had shrunk by 1.5 million square miles from its peak in 2000.

Halon 1301 was introduced as an effective gaseous fire suppression agent in the 1960s but was later known to contribute to the depletion of Earth’s atmospheric ozone layer when released.  In a triumph of international cooperation over a man-made environmental problem, research from the United States and the United Kingdom shows that the September-October ozone hole is getting smaller and forming later in the year.

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