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Climate Change and the Ozone Layer

Climate Change and the Ozone Layer

Human actions affect the earth at a global level. High in the atmosphere a layer of ozone protects life on earth from the damaging ultra violet rays of the sun. The ozone layer filters out much of the potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun that enters the atmosphere. Any depletion of the ozone layer results in an increase in UV radiation reaching the earth’s surface, which can have a harmful impact on our environment and health. Emissions of chlorofluorocarbons used in fridges, freezers, air conditioning systems and aerosols were found to be damaging the ozone layer resulting in international agreement restricting their use. The earth’s climate is driven by energy from the sun. The earth sends this energy back out into space in the form of infrared radiation. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere block infrared radiation from escaping. The main greenhouse gases are water vapour, carbon dioxide, ozone, methane, nitrous oxide, and halocarbons and other industrial gases. Levels of all key greenhouse gases (with the possible exception of water vapour) have been rising as a direct result of human activity.

Click on the dataset name below to view options for that dataset. You can also download an Excel version of the dataset which includes an associated commentary. Some datasets also have a summary page available to select. To obtain an Excel viewer, click here.

DatasetNational StatExcel FileSummary PageDate Published
Annual mean temperature records: 1910 - 2016Download Excel file for Annual mean temperature records: 1910 - 2016NA30/09/2017
Annual precipitation: 1910 - 2016Download Excel file for Annual precipitation: 1910 - 2016NA30/09/2017
Coastal sea temperature differences at Millport, Peterhead and Fair Isle: 1953-2009Download Excel file for Coastal sea temperature differences at Millport, Peterhead and Fair Isle: 1953-2009NA30/09/2017
Column ozone measurements over Lerwick: 1981-2015Download Excel file for Column ozone measurements over Lerwick: 1981-2015NA30/09/2017
Greenhouse gas emissions (MtCO2)(1) by SG sector classification (2), weighted by global warming potential: 1990-2013Download Excel file for Greenhouse gas emissions (MtCO2)(1) by SG sector classification (2), weighted by global warming potential: 1990-2013NA30/09/2017
Net greenhouse gas emissions (MtCO2)(1) by IPCC sector classification(2), weighted by global warming potential: 1990-2008Download Excel file for Net greenhouse gas emissions (MtCO2)(1) by IPCC sector classification(2), weighted by global warming potential: 1990-2008NAN/A
North sea offshore temperature and salinity differences at the Scottish continental shelf, Central Northern Sea and Fair Isle Current: 1902-2009Download Excel file for North sea offshore temperature and salinity differences at the Scottish continental shelf, Central Northern Sea and Fair Isle Current: 1902-2009NA30/09/2017
Scotland's Carbon Footprint: 1998 - 2013Download Excel file for Scotland's Carbon Footprint: 1998 - 2013NA30/09/2017

The datasets below do not have an Excel file available as the data is not held within the Scottish Environment Statistics Online database.

External DatasetsNational
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Emissions of carbon dioxide for local authority areas
Scottish climate and weather statistics