OZONE LAYER DEPLETION
There are very many effects of ozone layer depletion on the environment some of effects include the following: INCREASED ULTRA VIOLENT RAYS.
The ozone layer, while a minority constituent in the Earth's atmosphere, is responsible for most of the absorption of ultra violent rays radiation. The amount of ultra violent rays that penetrate through the ozone layer decreases rapidly with the slant-path thickness/density of the layer. In addition to this , a decrease in atmospheric ozone is expected to give rise to significantly increased levels of ultra violent rays near the surface.
INCREASE IN CANCER AND SKIN DISEASES
The increased cancer levels caused by exposure to this ultraviolet light could be enormous. Recent studies estimates that 60 million Americans born by the year 2075 will get skin cancer because of ozone depletion. About one million of these people will die. In addition to cancer, some research shows that a decreased ozone layer will increase rates of malaria and other infectious diseases. According to recent studies 17 million more cases of cataracts can also be expected.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION BY UV RAYS.
The environment will also be negatively affected by ozone depletion. The life cycles of plants will change, disrupting the food chain. Effects on animals will also be severe, and are very difficult to foresee. Oceans will be hit hard as well. The most basic organisms such as plankton may not be able to survive. If that happened, it would mean that all of the other animals that are above plankton in the food chain would also die out. Other ecosystems such as forests and deserts will also be harmed.
CHANGES IN CLIMATE
The planet's climate could also be affected by depletion of the ozone layer. Wind patterns could change, resulting in climatic changes throughout the world.
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