A new study carried by the “Guardian” newspaper revealed a new study that the massive emissions of greenhouse gases released by humanity reduce one layer of the atmosphere, which is the stratosphere.
The researchers found that the thickness of this atmospheric layer has decreased by 400 meters since the 1980s, and is expected to decrease by another 1,000 meters by 2080, if massive emissions reductions are not implemented. This reduction may adversely affect satellite operations, GPS navigation and radio communications.
This discovery is the latest to show the profound influence of the human hand on this planet. In April, scientists showed that the climate crisis changed the Earth’s axis as the massive melting of glaciers redistributed the weight around the world.
The stratosphere is about 20 to 60 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. Below is the troposphere, where humans live, and where carbon dioxide heats and expands the air, raising the lower limit of the stratosphere. When carbon dioxide enters the stratosphere, the air cools, causing it to contract.
The shrinking of the stratosphere is a telling sign of the emergence of climate and impact on the scale of the planet that humanity is now practicing, according to Juan Anil, of the University of Vigo, Ourense, in Spain and part of the research team. The expert said, “It’s horrible.
Scientists already knew that the troposphere was growing in altitude, with increasing carbon emissions, and with the possibility of decreasing the stratosphere. But this new study is the first to prove this, and it proves that this reduction has been in progress since at least the 1980s.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, reached its conclusions through a small collection of satellite observations made since 1980, as well as several climate models, which include the complex chemical reactions that take place in the atmosphere.
The results may affect satellite paths, orbital life and recoveries […] “Radio wave propagation and, ultimately, the overall performance of the global positioning system and other space navigation systems,” the researchers said.