Powerful Storms, Climate Change Linked to Ozone Layer Depletion & Increased UV Radiation

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An unexpected connection between powerful storms, climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer has been discovered.

Researchers from Harvard, writing in Science, say they have found that water vapor from powerful thunderstorms—remember, likely to increase because of climate change—"converts stable forms of chlorine and bromine into free radicals capable of transforming ozone molecules into oxygen...which could in turn lead to increased ozone loss and greater levels of harmful UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface." (Eureka Alert)

In terms of human health, this means that skin cancer cases may potentially increase, the researchers say. In terms of agriculture, staple crops can also suffer damage from increased UV levels.

Read more: New York Times

Tags: Global Climate Change | Global Warming Effects | Weather