Department of Environment is Celebrating World Ozone Day on 16th September to create awareness on Ozone depletion:
1.What is Ozone depletion?
The Ozone layer reduces harmful UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface.Ozone depletion is the term commonly used to describe the thinning of the ozone layer in the stratosphere.
2.What causes ozone depletion?
The main cause of ozone depletion and the ozone hole are manufactured chemicals, especially halocarbon refrigerants, solvents, propellants, and foam- blowing agents (chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), HCFCs, halons).
3.What are its effects?
The depletion of the ozone layer has harmful effects on the human health, animals, environment and marine life,a higher risk of skin .
4.How can we reduce Ozone depletion?
- One should avoid using pesticides and shift to natural methods to get rid of pests instead of using chemicals.
- Use of vehicles should be minimized as they emit a large amount of greenhouse gases that lead to ozone depletion.
- Most of the cleaning products have chemicals that affect the ozone layer. We should substitute that with eco-friendly products.
- Maintain air conditioners, as their malfunctions cause CFC to escape into the atmosphere. Environment Club