Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014

Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer: 2014 Update

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Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer: 2014 Update


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  1. Ozone in our atmosphere
    1. What is ozone and where is it in the atmosphere?
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    2. How is ozone formed in the atmosphere?
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    3. Why do we care about atmospheric ozone?
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    4. How is total ozone uniform over the globe?
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    5. How is ozone measured in the atmosphere?
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  2. The ozone depletion process
    1. How do emissions of halogen source gases lead to stratospheric ozone depletion?
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    2. What emissions from human activities lead to ozone depletion?
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    3. What are the reactive halogen gases that destroy stratospheric ozone?
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    4. What are the chlorine and bromine reactions that destroy stratospheric ozone?
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    5. Why has an "ozone hole" appeared over Antarctica when ozone-depleting substances
       are present throughout the stratosphere?

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  3. Stratospheric ozone depletion
    1. How severe is the depletion of the Antarctic ozone layer?
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    2. Is there depletion of the Arctic ozone layer?
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    3. How large is the depletion of the global ozone layer?
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    4. Do changes in the Sun and volcanic eruptions affect the ozone layer?
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  4. Controlling ozone-depleting substances
    1. Are there controls on the production of ozone-depleting substances?
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    2. Has the Montreal Protocol been successful in reducing ozone-depleting substances
       in the atmosphere?

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  5. Implications of ozone depletion and the Montreal Protocol
    1. Does depletion of the ozone layer increase ground-level ultraviolet radiation? <
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    2. Is depletion of the ozone layer the principal cause of climate change?
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    3. Have reductions of ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol
       also protected Earth's climate?

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  6. Stratospheric ozone in the future
    1. How is ozone expected to change in the coming decades?
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