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Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer The scientific confirmation of the depletion of the ozone layer motivated the international community to establish a mechanism for cooperation to take action to protect the ozone layer. This idea was formalized in Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which was adopted an signed by 28 countries on March 22nd, 1985. After that, in September 1987, the Montreal Protocol related to Substances that deplete and draft the Ozone Layer. As a purpose of commemorate the day of the signing of The Montreal Protocol, in 1994, the Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the September 16th as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

Why do we care about atmospheric ozone?
Depending of it location, the ozone can be considered “good” or “bad”. When the ozone is located in the stratosphere, absorbs some of the Sun’s biologically harmful ultraviolet radiation, and that is why it is considered beneficial; like the ozone that occurs naturally near the Earth‘s surface and in the lower atmosphere for being helpful for remove pollutants from the atmosphere. On the other hand, the excess of ozone in the Earth‘s surface, is considered harmful because it is formed for pollutants and it can be damaging to humans, plants and animals.

Did you know that ozone is a special form of oxygen?
The oxygen that we breath, which is vital to life in our planet has the chemical formula: O2, and the ozone has the chemical formula: O3