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Ultraviolet Reflections: Life Under a Thinning Ozone Layer

Ultraviolet Reflections: Life Under a Thinning Ozone Layer

Annika Nilsson

ISBN: 978-0-471-95843-7 December 1996 164 Pages

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In the stratosphere, ozone performs a vital role by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation and acting as a protective layer for life on Earth. Ultraviolet Reflections: Life Under a Thinning Ozone Layer examines the effects of increasing UV radiation on people, plants and animals. It takes the reader on a journey from the Antarctic ozone hole to the Arctic birch forest, to see how plankton and plants will fare against increasing UV radiation. We know the dangers for skin cancer, but this book also raises intriguing questions about the evolution of our immune system and uncovers scientific controversy in the discussion of eye disease. The accessible style of this book gives readers at all levels an insight into the complexities of how life has evolved to deal with the destructive power of the sun. Moreover, it gives the reader a chance to follow international policy, as well as current research in the field. The book is aimed at those who do not have time to follow the scientific literature in all the fields, but who are not satisfied with simple answers: science teachers trying to convey basic ideas about the environment, students who want to know things that you cannot find in the text books, environmentalists and policy makers needing more than statements of scientific consensus. Most of all it is written for anyone ready to reflect on one of the major environmental issues of today.
Preface and acknowledgements ix

Chapter 1 From Abisko to Antarctica 1

Chapter 2 Let There be Light 11

Chapter 3 Plankton Life Under the Ozone Hole 31

Chapter 4 Sun Catchers 47

Chapter 5 Elusive Threads in an Intricate Web 63

Chapter 6 A Breath of Fresh Air? 73

Chapter 7 Red Alert 79

Chapter 8 A Tricky Compromise 99

Chapter 9 Sensitive Sensors of Light 111

Chapter 10 Do Patagonian Sheep Need Sunglasses? 123

Chapter 11 Evolution of Knowledge 131

Sources 141

Index 149