Accession Number:

ADA238492

Title:

Protecting the Ozone Shield: A New Public Policy

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. Jan-Dec 1990

Corporate Author:

ARMY LAB COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH NJ ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY AND DEVICES LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

This report discusses the public policy issues relating to the use of CFCs and halons and their long-term environment impact. Public attention and concern have become increasingly focused on a number of specific environmental issues including the consequences of ozone depletion of the stratosphere caused by the release of fully halogenated chlorofluorocarbons CFCs and halon into the environment. Stratospheric ozone protects the earth 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. CFCs and halons can also prevent the release of radiant heating through the atmosphere and contribute to the pattern of global warming, commonly known as the greenhouse effect.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE