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Marking International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, WMO Highlights State of the Ozone Layer, Links to Climate Change

The ozone hole of 2008 is larger than in 2007 16 September 2008: Marking International Day for the

Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was celebrated on 16 September 2008, the

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data showing that the ozone

hole is already larger in 2008 than it was in 2007, emphasized that the need

for continued ozone measurements to monitor the ozone hole, and highlighted the

Montreal Protocol's climate benefits.

The release also emphasized the

atmospheric interactions between ozone and climate change, saying that the

cooling effect of greenhouse gases on the stratosphere, coupled with possible

increased moisture, appear to facilitate ozone depletion and could delay

recovery of the ozone layer. [WMO

Press Release]