The ozone layer is made up of a type of oxygen that can protect us from the most harmful UV rays, however, this type of oxygen is easily destroyed by man-made chemicals. Currently, we are facing the challenge of a thinning ozone due to our man-made chemicals. The consequences of not having an ozone layer can vary from sunburn to skin cancer, to a planet-wide temperature change. Our ozone serves a very important purpose, and it is necessary that we do our part in protecting it. 

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Source: European Space Agency

Occidental’s departure from ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) comes after several large tech companies left the organisation earlier this month. Google, Yahoo, and Yelp publicly announced they have already or are currently divorcing themselves from the coalition. 
Last week, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt started the mass exodus by condemning ALEC for “just literally lying” about climate change.
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The Ozone Hole kept growing, but our concern about it didn't

The NYT featured an article today using a phrase in the title I hadn’t heard since my Captain Planet cartoon watching days: Ozone Hole.

Ozone depletion was a banner term for the environmental movement growing up, so much that as a kid I feared going out one day and suffering from spontaneous combustion. 

Google trends indeed shows a marked decline in searches for the term in the past 8 years. 

What’s interesting is how it compares to current terms like ‘Global Warming’ (in yellow) and 'Climate Change’ (in green) on search volume.

Google trends shows data after 2004, but it’s interesting to see how little the concept of ozone depletion registered by that time. In fact, as the Gallup poll below shows, by the early 2000s concern about the Ozone Layer had been in periodic decline.

In a way, it makes sense global warming stuck while the ozone layer: even in its ambiguousness, it is a more tangible and visible signpost of pollution than the ozone hole ever was.