For the third year in a row, the ozone hole that emerges above Antarctica every year has become bigger.
The ozone hole is the widest it has been since 2015, at over 10 million square miles.
Scientists claim that the hole's total size is still decreasing despite this increase.
Paul Newman, the top Earth scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, told the Associated Press that "all the evidence shows that ozone is on the mend"
The ozone hole was first noticed around the beginning of the 1980s.
NASA estimates that in 2006, it reached its greatest size. The ozone hole for this year peaked on October 5.
was the largest ever measured before 2015 However, scientists are not very worried. "The general tendency is upward. It is somewhat worse.