Smoke from Australia bushfires thin ozone layer, research finds

By Justin Malone, Staff Writer According to new research, intense amounts of smoke from the catastrophic “Black Summer” bushfires that spread across Australia during late 2019 and early 2020 created chemical atmospheric changes which thinned ozone in the Southern Hemisphere. The study, conducted by professor Peter Bernath and a team of researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada, found that wildfires like the “Black Summer” bushfires present a new threat to the stratospheric ozone layer. It also concluded these catastrophic wildfires could be cause for additional damaging health effects. This research was published in Science on March 18. The … Continue reading Smoke from Australia bushfires thin ozone layer, research finds

Trade deal opens new markets

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ Negotiations that began in President Barack Obama’s first term for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached a final agreement among all 12 nations involved in the partnership. Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore formed the trade agreement in 2006. Later, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam and the U.S. joined in the proposal of a trade agreement between these Pacific Rim countries. Together, these countries account for 40 percent of the world’s economy. TPP would decrease export tariffs and import quotas, making it less expensive for businesses to export and import from the other … Continue reading Trade deal opens new markets