Chia Xuan Lei
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Aftermath to the Environment from Ozone Depletion
The ozone layer is a region of The Earth's stratosphere that absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. Due to the increase use of manufactured chemicals such as Chlorofluorocarbon, halocarbon, refrigerants, solvents, propellants, and foam- blowing agents in the 20th century. Our ozone layer has begun to disintegrate at a rapid pace. From the depletion of the ozone layer humans are now more prone to getting direct radiation exposure, this causes skin cancer and decreased protection from the Sun’s UV rays. For plants they are now mutated into a completely different form and are unable to properly distribute nutrients to all parts of the plant body and thus they wilt and change colour. In the water phytoplankton the foundation of aquatic food are unable to survive thus the marine cycle is disturbed and numerous aquatic animals die of hunger. UVB radiation has been found to cause damage to early developmental stages of fish, shrimp, crab, amphibians, and other marine animals. The most severe effects are decreased reproductive capacity and impaired larval development. Small increases in UVB exposure could result in population reductions for small marine organisms with implications for the whole marine food chain. This may be the future for our next young generations if changes are not being made. Although depletion of the ozone layer has been the topic of discussion for most people these past decades, enough has yet to be done to reverse the effects of our societal activities; should we really sacrifice the future the next generation lives in for our own temporary gains? As the dominant species on this planet, we must treat it with the utmost respect for being the planet that has housed our species for all these years, whether the contributions are minor or major, every step closer to cease the growing depletion of our ozone layer is a step closer for a brighter future to us and the next generation.