What Is Ozone Depletion?

What Is Ozone Depletion?

Ozone depletion refers to the decline of ozone gas in the Earth's atmosphere. This decline of ozone gas means large amounts of ultraviolet B radiation reaches the Earth's surface.

Ozone gas is a highly reactive gas that sits high up in the Earth's atmosphere. It shields the Earth's surface from dangerous ultraviolet B radiation that comes from the sun. Many attribute the depletion of ozone gas to high amounts of pollution that break down gas molecules. Ultraviolet B radiation has been linked to skin cancer in humans and has many other negative effects to different organisms, making the depletion of the ozone layer a pressing environmental and public health issue.