What happened to the ozone hole?

In case you were wondering, what with all the climate change talk nowadays, LiveScience reminds us that there’s still a hole in the sky:

First, the good news: Since the 1989 Montreal Protocol banned the use of ozone-depleting chemicals worldwide, the ozone hole has stopped growing. Additionally, the ozone layer is blocking more cancer-causing radiation than any time in a decade because its average thickness has increased, according to a 2006 United Nations report. Atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting chemicals have reached their lowest levels since peaking in the 1990s, and the hole has begun to shrink.

Now the bad news: The ozone layer has also thinned over the North Pole. This thinning is predicted to continue for the next 15 years due to weather-related phenomena that scientists still cannot fully explain, according to the same UN report.

The really fun part is that, as far as they can tell, patching the hole might cut down on incidence of skin cancers, but it’ll also speed up global warming.