Following news that carbon emissions are rising, an increase in ozone-killing chemicals has been detected.
The ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons were banned by an international treaty back in the Reagan years, after the Earth-protecting ozone layer was found to be deteriorating.
Now, an alarming increase in chlorofluorocarbons has been found, according to media reports. The Independent of London said the outlaw manufacturer is located in East Asia.
Remember acid rain? The annual ozone hole? They might soon join "Roseanne" on the comeback trail.
Our Earth's atmosphere is already beset by an increase in carbon emissions, despite the international treaty a few years ago that placed emissions limits on each country. Donald Trump, who believes climate change a hoax, pulled the United States out of the treaty.
As Wall Street Journal automotive writer Dan Neil uncovered in a recent column, the age of the big, gasoline-devouring SUV has returned. Ford is leaving the sedan business altogether, as profits soar from big trucks and SUVs. The era of green vehicles has already died.
The Trump administration recently promised automakers that President Obama's more stringent emissions limits will be scrapped. Trump also wants to get California to loosen its state rules.
Rising gasoline prices and another devastating recession could revive the market for smaller cars. At present, the big SUVs are hogging the highways.
As global warming spun out of control in recent decades, the world took comfort that the chlorofluorocarbon threat appeared gone. Now it has returned, along with the uptick in carbon.