Protecting the Ozone Shield: A New Public Policy
Technical rept. Jan-Dec 90,
ARMY LAB COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH NJ ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY AND DEVICES LAB
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Throughout the 1980s, public attention and concern have become increasingly focused on a number of specific environmental issues including the consequences of stratospheric ozone depletion cause by the release of CFCs and halons into the environment. This report discusses the policy issues relating to the use of CFCs and halons and their long-term impact on the environment. Stratospheric ozone protects the earth, and the life that dwells on it, from the suns harmful ultraviolet radiation UVb. A prolonged increase in UVb radiation exposure can cause suppression of the immune system and an increase in the incidence of skin cancer and cataracts in human beings. High levels of UVb radiation can damage land and water based plant life including major food crops, and can cause an increase in smog formation, which has become a major problem in many urban areas.
- Environmental Health and Safety