Ozone Loss from Storms Increases Skin Cancer, Crop Damage

James G. Anderson, et al. 26 Jul 2012. UV Dosage Levels in Summer: Increased Risk of Ozone Loss from Convectively Injected Water Vapor. Science.

Climate change is increasing the number and severity of storms, which is depleting the ozone layer over the United States, allowing more ultraviolet (UV) radiation to reach the earth.

Impacts

Skin cancer has been increasing for some time now — there are 1,000,000 new cases of skin cancer in the USA every year, and it’s clear that some are due to ozone depletion.  Continued global warming and ozone depletion will  increase the amount of skin cancer even more.

UV damages the DNA of crops we depend on, like corn, wheat, rice, soybeans, and so on.

References – why and how this is happening:

26 Jul 2012. Climate Change Linked to Ozone Loss: May Result in More Skin Cancer. Science Daily.

Fountain, Henry. 26 Jul 2012.  Storms Threaten Ozone Layer Over U.S., Study Says. New York Times.

 

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