The Hole in the Ozone Layer Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of the environmental problem of ozone depletion.
# 146502 | 2,880 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper provides some background on the problem of ozone depletion and looks at recent trends in the ozone layer. The paper discusses the Montreal Protocol of 1987, a global agreement to phase out the use of ozone-depleting chemicals, and explores the various obstacles to its effective implementation. The paper looks at scientists' predictions for the future and reveals that even faithful adherence to the Montreal Protocol is unlikely to cause total ozone recovery until the middle of this century.

The Problem: Factors, Impacts
Recent Trends
Measurement, Policies, Benefits
Benefits and Status of Interventions
Policies in Reducing Ozone Depletion and Forecast

From the Paper:

"The ozone layer is a spread of blue-colored gas through the stratosphere, which filters out ultraviolet radiation from the sun (Lean 2005). No life on earth is possible without it.
But chemicals, like chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs, and other pollutants, have weakened the protective layer and created a hole. The hole, first recognized in 1987, is as big as the US and as high as Mount Everest. It allows radiation to cross the stratosphere and cause skin cancer and cataracts, damage plant and destroy plankton. The hole opens over Antarctica, which is largely uninhabited and, thus, poses little threat on living things (Lean). Scientists in the 70s first discovered the damaging effects of CFCs and other chemicals on the zone layer (Baker 2000). The discovery was substantiated by the finding of the ozone hole in 1987. Additional studies said that ozone depletion and increased ultraviolet radiation could afflict human health and environment (Baker)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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