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Are We Really In Danger Lately when some environmental problem arises scientists experts and the media quickly put people as the source When it comes to the issue of the deteriorating environment one can find an almost infinite amount of information stating that we are to blame for the hole in the ozone layer or we are to blame for global warming The information may be persuading but when one looks at the other side of the story a whole new philosophy about the environment develops one that deals with mother natures influence on the environment When it comes to ozone depletion there is much disagreement over what causes it But recent information seems to lean toward an idea that humans are not at fault for the large hole over Antarctica First lets take a crash course on what ozone is It is a molecule that is made up of three oxygen atoms bonded together O3 Ozone is found in the upper layers of the atmosphere and blocks out a majority of the suns ultraviolet rays Ozone is also found in low concentrations in the lower atmosphere because it is emitted by automobile exhaust It can be very harmful if inhaled In worst case scenarios a total depletion of ozone would cause increased skin cancer and the death of some plant species along with the complete extinction of algae Atmosphere Crisis 4 Some scientists argue that chloroflourocarbons CFCs deplete ozone but other information contradicts this statement CFCs are found in fire extinguishers air conditioners and more commonly known aerosol cans In 1980 Mt St Helens erupted spewing millions of tons of ash and pollutants into the air It is a proven fact that more CFCs were released into the atmosphere by the volcano in one hour than man has in our entire history Gribben 41 Mt St Helens is no different from any other volcano and this is most likely true with other eruptions
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