The Hole in the Sky - Late Lessons from Early Warnings 6:8| 28mins
Director: Jakob Gottschau | Producer: Jakob Gottschau
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Denmark
The pursuit of new chemical compounds has always proved to be a fascinating journey, and chemical invention has created several major technological steps forward - though not, however, without unpredictable and dire consequences. Back in 1974, two American scientists published a theory that claimed that the apparently harmless gasses used in refrigerators and spray cans were destroying the protective and delicate ozone layer in the atmosphere. Should the theory prove to be true, it would not only mean a substantial increase in the numbers of those contracting skin cancer, but also have completely immeasurable consequences for food production. So for several years, scientists worldwide were searching for proof of the validity of this theory â€“ but without success. Nevertheless, should the theory be proven, mankind would faces yet another fatal dilemma.