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Depletion of ozone layer and its after effects

Tuesday - July 3, 2018 10:25 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL


Ozone layer is the all-important stratospheric layer that protects the earth from the dangerous ultra-violet rays reaching its surface. This we are taught from our childhood.

Every child knows that there is a layer up above their heads that protects all life on earth from the dangerous high-energy electromagnetic rays released by the sun.

But not much is taught on the ways to control the damage humanity is inflicting upon the delicate and thinning layer. Not much is taught on how fast the ozone layer is depleting due to detrimental and faulty human lifestyle habits and how urgently we need to mend our ways to repair the ozone where it has got holes and save it from further deterioration.

We are not told in as many words, how fast over the last 50-60 years we have ruined the layer and how we still are yet to do any major course correction to reverse the damage.

Ozone layer is the one that controls the global warming and the more we deplete it, more are the chances of rapid global warming. Global warming causes glaciers to melt and such melting causes seawater to rise. Even a few inches rise in sea water can wreck havoc over large swathes of coastal land and maroon millions of people by extensive flooding.

Global warming also leads to lesser rainfall that can be catastrophic for farmers and lead to grave drinking water crisis. These unprecedented developments have already started to surface even as damage to ozone layer continues unabated.

Steps have been taken from time to time but there has been little consensus among countries on the ways to tackle the depletion. Our lifestyle has become so dependent on machines and gadgets that it is very difficult to turn the clock back. We cannot live without automobiles and industries.

We cannot live without aerosols, ACs and refrigeration. All these are detrimental to the ozone layer’s fragile future and no government can clampdown on people’s luxurious living tendencies without risking its own existence.

Urgent shifting to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power has not happened and the world still largely runs on fossil fuel that releases dangerous chlorofluorocarbon that directly hits the ozone covering.

Limiting chlorofluorocarbon release has been a prime motto of various climate summits but at the end of several such meetings, protocols and treaties we have been able to reduce the emission by a very little margin that is not going to help much since automobile use is growing by leaps and bounds in countries like India and China.

Lack of the protective ozone layer can spike incidents of skin cancer and other skin diseases like severe rashes. If UV rays from the sun reach us unfiltered, they will lead to eye infections and blindness and also cause various other ailments like headache, dehydration, dryness of skin and mouth etc leading to rapid decay of humans, animals as well as crops. Each one of us needs to take individual steps to check the abuse of our environment that is leading to our destruction.

If each individual acts consciously and with a sense of responsibility towards his society and his future generations much change can happen.

We can easily lessen the use of private cars and make greater use of the public transport; we can certainly use less AC and less aerosols in our daily lives and adopt more environment-friendly options.

If we take such little individual steps only then the collective result will show. But till the time we are conscious enough to sacrifice our little goodies for the welfare of humanity, our environment is going to bear the brunt.- Window To News


 
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