This document is designed to inform decision makers about additional opportunities to slow the observed rate of climate change and at the same time achieve air quality benefits over the next two to four decades. This can be realised by implementing measures to reduce atmospheric levels of methane, black carbon and tropospheric ozone, as well as many hydrofluorocarbons.

The Ozone Secretariat has released a report of the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, titled "Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2010 Assessment." The report outlines the interactions between climate change and the ozone layer, including changes in atmospheric conditions that affect the chemical production and loss of stratospheric ozone.

Speaking at the Ministerial segment of the Twenty Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer held in Bangkok, 11-12 November, Minister of State Kamaludeen high-lighted the critical role that the Maldives is playing as an active member of the Protocol.

Minister of State said,

The ozone layer that shields life from the sun's harmful rays is projected to recover from harmful chemicals by mid-century, but it will take longer over the polar regions, a United Nations study said on Thursday.

Ozone depletion -- blamed for higher ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancers and cataracts and damages agriculture

-- will continue for decades as several key damaging subst

Ahmedabad: Watch your usage of refrigerators and air-conditioners. As a byproduct, it releases cloro-floro carbon (CFC) that damages the protective ozone layer and inflicts ultra-violet rays that has side effects ranging from skin cancer to collapse of food pyramid.
Gujarat Science City organised seminars and workshops to mark September 16 as the World Ozone Day on its campus.

Ozone layer in the upper atmosphere protects us from the sun

International efforts to protect the ozone layer-the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays-are a success and have stopped additional ozone losses and contributed to mitigating the greenhouse effect.

Ahmedabad: If you want to leave green footprints and protect the ozone layer, you may want to replace the old refrigerator and air-conditioner, also use less lipsticks, body sprays and other cosmetics.

The manual provides new approaches to prevent emissions of CFCs during the operation and servicing of equipment and catalogues steps to recycle the CFCs and retrofit the equipment. Developing countries, called Article 5 countries under the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer are also embarking on the second stage i.e.