Some good news, the Ozone Layer is recuperating
Often when nations come together to discuss some important matter which affects our planet and all her living things, humans included, the results are not always satisfactory. Lots of talking, multiple meetings and then, in the end, nothing tangible is reached.
The Montreal Protocol
One of the exceptions to this general rule is the Montreal Protocol. It was signed on the 26 of August 1987. The reason for an environmental meeting in Montreal was to address substances which deplete the ozone layer and to see how and when a reduction of these harmful substances were possible.
These dangerous substances, after having been released into the atmosphere through the venting of refrigeration gases, aerosol propellants, solvents, blowing agents for insulation foams, fire extinguishers and a host of other items, were making the ozone hole bigger each year.
The ozone layer in our atmosphere is vitally important because it blocks some of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the surface of the earth. A particular kind of UV called UV-B can increase the risk of skin cancer, cataracts, and a suppressed immune system in humans. UV-B exposure can also damage terrestrial plant life, single cell organisms, and aquatic ecosystems.
The Montreal Protocol entered into force on 16 September of 1989, after the first meeting in May of the same year in Helsinki. New meetings followed over the years to see if the measures taken were followed by all and to discuss its effectiveness.
The fact that the ozone hole was getting bigger every year was very worrying. It is crucial for the survival of all living things on the planet, to have a good ozone layer. As mentioned, ozone blocks some of the UV-B but as the hole gets bigger, the increase in energy hitting the earth surface will also cause more ice to melt and that again causes new problems for the total world. If the arctic ice melts it causes big problems for the animals living there.
The Antarctic versus the Arctic
One has to distinguish between the Antarctic, which is the South Pole to the Arctic, which is the North Pole. Animals that live in the Arctic include the reindeer, polar bear, arctic fox, narwhal, walrus, and the musk ox. Polar bears burrow into vast snow banks to have their babies, then in the springtime, go hunting on the ice. If the ice is too thin, it is difficult for them to hunt. In summer the ice might completely disappear putting the survival of the polar bear at risk.
Animals that live In the Antarctic include the Adelie Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins, Leopard seal, Elephant seal, King Penguins, Emperor Penguins, and Killer Whales.
By September 2006, 19 years after the Montreal Protocol was signed, the Antarctic ozone hole had grown to its largest extent ever and that was worrying scientists and people alike. For 40 years, scientists had been warning of the dangers if the ozone layer (which surrounds the earth) would be damaged by ozone-depleting chemicals.
The reduction of these harmful substances has brought to light a secondary but a very important fact. Ozone-depleting substances are also very potent greenhouse gases. Reducing them has a positive result on the climate as well.
The health of the Ozone layer and human health
In a 2015 report, it was mentioned that the Montreal Protocol will have a positive impact on human health. When the ozone layer is intact it will prevent 280 million cases of skin cancer, 1.5 million skin cancer deaths, and 45 million cases of cataracts in the U.S.
What is the current state of the Ozone Hole? Well, the opinions vary. Some say it is getting smaller while others say there are no studies which can prove this.
The Ozone Hole is getting smaller?
It seems that the Antarctic ozone hole is slowly but surely reducing in size. This is good news and shows that the collective effort in reducing harmful chemicals has produced this positive fact.
Still, there is also bad news and scientist are still trying to find the reason or reasons for this phenomena. The ozone near the equator and in the middle latitudes of the globe continues to get thinner.
All this shows that there is still a considerable dis-balance and we cannot lower our guard. We have to realize a healthy ozone layer is vital for all living beings on this earth. We need it to survive.
Our modern inventions are harmful to the ozone layer
I think by now it is obvious for everybody that modern life inventions like fridges or air-conditioning, harms our environment and especially the ozone layer which protects us from harmful UV radiation. Up too now, we somehow know what we are confronting. Even if not enough is being done to maintain the ozone layer in a healthy state most people realize it is important.
Sadly there is an imminent danger one does not hear anything about. On this danger, there currently are no studies available. Neither are there any studies in the making and no funds are set aside to investigate. When you ask the question “How will high-frequency microwave radiation affects the ozone hole.”, Wikipedia replies “The page How will high-frequency microwave radiation effect the ozone hole, does not exist.”
Why did I ask this question? Well, lately I have been writing about radiation in its different forms. From Wifi, microwave ovens, smart meters, cell phones, and 3G and 4G in general. It all influences our health and already there are many documented cases of people so sensitive to all this radiation they have to move to areas which still are, kind of, radiation free.
Hundreds of studies on 3G and 4G
There are many studies on 3G and 4G warning for the harmful effects. Especially babies and small children should be protected from these radiations. Sadly big technology companies do not have our safety in mind. They always need to bring to the market new and more powerful things. It seems that the public demands this. People are not informed about the health hazards and therefore always want the latest available.
Even if all this does not sound good, each person still has the ability to decide to participate in this electronic race. To have the latest smartphone is not an absolute necessity to all people yet. At least you can choose to buy it or not, and you decide the amount of time you give to this electronic device. If you do not have it glued to your ear 24 hours a day your brain will not suffer from constant radiation.
The Global threat of 5G
Something big is coming our way and with big, I do not mean good. We are on the verge of having 5G imposed upon us. We were not asked if we wanted this and neither are we informed about the health hazards this new upgrade will present.
Companies would probably hide any negative information they might have on this new radiation but the fact is no studies exist. There are so many studies on the dangers of radiation but it did not stop those companies from inventing more dangerous ones.
The contamination from satellite launches
20.000 satellites will be launched into Earth orbit in 2019. The launching of these satellites will cause environmental harm as each launch will release ozone-destroying chemicals. Then, those satellites will be up there emitting their harmful 5G radiation. On a daily basis, they will send their harmful 5G radiation to the earth penetrating the ozone layer. The ozone layer could end up looking like a Gruyere cheese. Just try to visualize this for a moment.
Come and think about the idiocy of it all. On one side we have been trying to repair the ozone layer and now we will destroy it.
If you are worried for yourself, your family and world citizens then you can put your name on the manifest to join a Global Protest against 5G.
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If you have also written on the dangers of 5G I would like you to contact me. I would add your post here so people can read it. The first post is of my friend Jenna. She lives in Hawaii and is also worried about Gaia.
Perhaps you like to also read my previous post on 5G