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Ozone Depletion: UV Radiation and its Effects FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about stratospheric ozone depletion. It describes the properties of solar UV radiation and some of its biological effects.

This FAQ about stratospheric ozone depletion describing the properties of solar UV radiation and some of its biological effects was compiled and written by Robert Parson rparson@spot.colorado.edu with numerous contributions by others.

-01 How to get this FAQ (sci.environment)
These files are posted to the newsgroups sci.environment, sci.answers,...
-02 Copyright Notice (sci.environment)
-03 General Remarks (sci.environment)
This file deals with the physical properties of ...
-04 Caveats, Disclaimers, and Contact Information (sci.environment)
| _Caveat_: I am not a specialist. In fact, I am not an ...
-05 What is "UV-B"?
UV-B refers to UV light having a wavelength between 280 and ...
-06 How does UV-B vary from place to place?
A great deal. It is strongest at low latitudes and high altitudes. ...
-07 Is UV-B at the earth's surface increasing?
Yes, in some places; no, in some others; unknown, in most....
-08 What is the relationship between UV and skin cancer?
Most skin cancers fall into three classes, basal cell carcinomas....
-09 Is ozone loss to blame for the melanoma upsurge?
A few physicians have said so, but most others think not....
-10 Does UV-B cause cataracts?
While the evidence for this is indirect, it is very plausible....
-11 Are sheep going blind in Chile?
If they are, it's not because of ozone depletion. ...
-12 What effects does increased UV have upon plant life?
Generally (though not exclusively) harmful, but hard to quantify....
-13 What effects does increased UV have on marine life?
Again, generally harmful but hard to quantify. Seawater ...
-14 Is UV-B responsible for the amphibian decline?
UV-B may be part of the story, although it is unlikely to be ...
-15 References for part IV (Ozone Depletion: UV Radiation and its Effects)
A remark on references: they are neither representative ...
-16 Introductory Reading (Ozone Depletion: UV Radiation and its Effects)
[Graedel and Crutzen] T. E. Graedel and P. J. Crutzen, ...
-17 Books and General Review Articles (Ozone Depletion: UV Radiation and its Effects)
[Chamberlain and Hunten] J. W. Chamberlain and D. M. Hunten,...
-18 More Specialized References (Ozone Depletion: UV Radiation and its Effects)
[Blaustein et al.] A. R. Blaustein, P. D. Hoffman, D. G. Hokit,...









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