Claims of new 'tropical ozone hole' raise controversy

A scientist recently claimed that he'd discovered a gargantuan hole in the ozone layer of Earth's atmosphere

first appeared above the tropics in the 1980s but went unacknowledged until now.

However, upon his research being published, the scientist received swift criticism from experts

"I am surprised that this study was published at all in its current form," Martyn Chipperfield, a professor

the University of Leeds in England, told the Science Media Centre(opens in new tab), an independent U.K.-based press office

that works with researchers, journalists and policymakers to disseminate accurate scientific information.

The claim in this research of such large ozone changes in the tropics have not been apparent in other studiesntific information.

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