The importance of the stratospheric ozone layer

Fifty percent of the total mass of the atmosphere is located in the lower 5. During the day the planetary boundary layer usually is well-mixed, whereas at night it becomes stably stratified with weak or intermittent mixing.

For example, when Secretary of the Interior Hodel suggested that wearing hats and sunglasses and using sunscreen was an effective way to mitigate the potential health effects of increased UV-B radiation, the story was widely covered by the news media.

The plan also called for EPA to undertake a risk assessment which would be used to guide future decisionmaking. Visible contrail clouds begin to form when jets reach a high enough altitude— around 25, feet— and tend to stop when the plane reaches its cruising altitude, where the ice crystal saturation is lower and the jet is using less fuel.

Rowland and Molina then proposed that these chlorine atoms might be expected to cause the breakdown of large amounts of ozone O3 in the stratosphere. These are known as ultraviolet wavelengths. To provide that input to the decision-making process, advances in understanding on these topics were assessed in,and in a series of reports entitled Scientific assessment of ozone depletionby the Scientific Assessment Panel SAP [16].

The plan outlined research needs in three areas: The air is much drier above the tropopause, in the stratosphere. While there was considerable disagreement among scientists over the problem of stratospheric ozone depletion in the s, improvements in the collection and assessment of data and in models in the past decade have led to the development of a stronger scientific base on which to argue for and develop control strategies.

The air is so cold that even the very scarce water vapor at this altitude can be sublimated into polar-mesospheric noctilucent clouds. As one of the first major man-made problems to be discussed on a public forum, it set the ground for public opinion and action on issues such as pollutiongreenhouse gasesglobal warming and the climate crisis.

The evolution of stratospheric ozone policy can be understood as a two-stage process: Convection occurs in fluids such as water and air, which move freely. Fortunately, where DNA is easily damaged, such as by wavelengths shorter than nm, ozone strongly absorbs UV.

Unfortunately HCFCs are also very potent greenhouse gases, despite their very low atmospheric concentrations, measured in parts per trillion million million. The development of an international response clearly followed from the concern raised in the United States, Canada, Sweden, and other countries which had taken unilateral action to control CFCs in the s.

Bernard Vonnegutthe Vonnegut Theory states that anthropogenic cloud production is the primary cause of climate change, through weather modification activity combined with water vapor from jet airplane traffic. The ozone molecule is also unstable although, in the stratosphere, long-lived and when ultraviolet light hits ozone it splits into a molecule of O2 and an atom of atomic oxygen, a continuing process called the ozone-oxygen cycle, thus creating an ozone layer in the stratosphere ,the region from about 10 to 50 km 32, tofeet above Earth's surface.

According to Ross this was a "highly political compromise" that said that "the Concorde is to be tolerated but not encouraged. The discovery opens a new possibility for dealing with the element as There were several reasons for this difference.

Initially, it was believed that these compounds were environmentally safe, but in the early s independent research efforts pointed to a potentially serious problem connecting CFCs with stratospheric ozone depletion.

Through precipitation enhancement programs, we thicken and accelerate storms, which continue eastward with the winds The amount of cloud seeding conducted in the US and worldwide constitutes a public health experiment as well as inadvertent geo-engineering.

Production and consumption of Group I compounds must be reduced to 80 percent of levels byand 50 percent of levels by September 24, unpublished, Senate Treaty Doc. The evolution of stratospheric ozone depletion policy can best be understood as a two-stage process.

Cannon, The Report of Findings: SST program in However, ionization in the mesosphere largely ceases during the night, so auroras are normally seen only in the thermosphere and lower exosphere. The Executive Summary is also included with the full Report of Findings.

Carbon dioxide and some other minor gases present in the atmosphere absorb some of the thermal radiation leaving the surface and emit radiation from much higher and colder levels out to space. Technologies and hazards that score high in dread include among others nuclear power, nuclear weapons, DDT and other pesticides, liquid natural gas, and asbestos.

At the moment, scientific evidence does not point to the need for dramatic CFC emission reductions.

What is ozone layer and its importance?

This is troubling because in addition to adding CO2 directly into the upper atmosphere, jet aircraft inject their water vapor into the lower stratosphere where the ozone layer helps protect the Earth from solar radiation.

Atmospheric Ozone, supra note 4; Stratospheric Ozone and Climate, supra note 7.The main things that lead to destruction of the ozone gas in the ozone layer. Low temperatures, increase in the level of chlorine and bromine gases in the upper stratosphere are some of the reasons that leads to ozone layer depletion.

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Fighting global warming by climate engineering: Is the Earth radiation management and the solar radiation management any option for fighting climate change? The stratospheric ozone layer—a blanket of molecules made up of three oxygen atoms that protect the planet from some of the sun’s ultraviolet rays—was finally rebounding.

Effects of stratospheric ozone depletion, and the subsequent increased UV-B radiation, on the useful lifetimes of plastics will be more severe in locations that experience high ambient temperatures. Understanding the role of temperature, together with UV-B irradiation, is.

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer

It also highlighted the model's inadequate treatment of the processes occurring in the stratosphere and the importance of dynamics and radiative transfer in stratospheric ozone destruction.

Scientific consensus again favours the anthropogenic depletion of the ozone layer. Q: What is the area covered by the Ozone Alert Program?

The area covered by an Ozone Alert! for Tulsa is the area that would be designated non-attainment by the EPA if the standard is violated.

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