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Our ozone layer is being threatened BUT you can do your part as an environmentally-friendly consumer to protect the ozone layer from further damage and deterioration.


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A thin layer that surrounds our Earth is called the ozone (O3) layer. The ozone layer protects us from the dangerous effects of sun radiation by filtering out UV (ultraviolet) radiation. In particular its role is in providing a protective shield against the harmful UV-B radiation which gives rise to the occurrence of certain kind of skin cancers.

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These days, our ozone layer is being threatened, and, in particular, by the release of pollutants to the air. Both CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) and nitrogen oxides are the main culprits that contribute to a gradual decline of the ozone layer, while the methane can affect the ozone levers in other ways.

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CFCs is a major pollutant that is being used in air-conditioners, pressure-pack cans, refrigerators and also in the production of plastic from which is the material with which takeaway food is packaged in.

Undeniably, the continual decline of the ozone layer can lead to health hazards like eye cataracts and skin cancer. In fact, the depletion of the ozone layer is a major threat to globalised health and environmental issues.

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The concern of the continued depletion of the ozone layer needs to be addressed and more effective action needs to be taken to help cut off the discharge of CFCs and the other gases into the environment.

As your role to protect the ozone layer from further damage, you can begin by making wiser purchases to avoid buying any goods that contain these pollutants- CFCs and nitrogen oxides.

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You can also reduce the consumption of fuel. Being an environmentally-friendly consumer, you can use the air conditioners sparingly and well-maintain both freezers and refrigerators so that they are energy-efficient.

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