Global Warming

Ozone Killer

The slow healing of Earth’s ozone hole is being held back by the use of an unregulated chemical that continues to damage the UV protection layer 30 years after most ozone-destroying compounds were banned.

Scientists at the University of Lancaster say atmospheric levels of dichloromethane, a short-lived, ozone-depleting substance used in paint strippers, are on the rise. It isn’t covered under the 1987 Montreal Protocol.

Disease

France – Hepatitis A

Since the beginning of 2017, an epidemic of hepatitis A has affected gay and bisexual men in France and the number of cases is increasing in many French regions and throughout Europe. Health officials in France have reported 771 cases of acute hepatitis A through May 31 this year, with 279 cases reported in May alone.