15 Sep '12, 3am

Saving the Ozone Layer: Lessons for Fighting #ClimateChange

Saving the Ozone Layer: Lessons for Fighting #ClimateChange

Several of my friends and family members have had skin lesions biopsied in the past few years. Luckily they have been cancer-free, but these test results could have been much more alarming if the international community had not signed the Montreal Protocol to save the ozone layer 25 years ago this month. The ozone layer blocks the sun’s cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. Scientist discovered nearly 40 years ago that CFCs were eating away at this protective layer, exposing every person on Earth to higher risk of skin cancer, cataracts, and other illnesses. If CFC production had continued unchecked, we would have lost 80 percent of the ozone shield by later in this century, and radiation levels in Washington D.C. would become strong enough to burn you within five minutes, according to a recent assessment by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Now that CFCs have been eliminated...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/saving_the_oz...

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