Protecting the ozone layer is delivering vast health benefits

An international agreement to protect the ozone layer is expected to prevent 443 million cases of skin cancer and 63 million cataract cases for people born in the United States through the end of this century, according to new research. “It’s very encouraging,” said NCAR scientist Julia Lee-Taylor, a co-author of the study. “It shows that, given the will, the nations of the world can come together to solve global environmental problems.”

About the Journal Paper

Title: “Estimation of Skin and Ocular Damage Avoided in the United States through Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer”
Authors: Sasha Madronich, Julia Lee-Taylor, Mark Wagner, Jessica Kyle, Zeyu Hu, and Robert Landolfi
Journal: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

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NASA false-color view of total ozone over the Arctic pole on October 3, 2021.