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Environmental effects of ozone depletion and its interactions with climate change: Progress report, 2016

By Anthony Andrady, Pieter J. Aucamp, A.T. Austin, Alkiviadis Bais, Carlos L. Ballaré, Paul W. Barnes, G Bernard, Lars Olof Björn, Janet Bornman, Nathan Congdon, Rose M. Cory, Stephan D. Flint, Frank R. De Gruijl, Donat-P. Häder, Anu Heikkilä, Samuel Hylander, Janice Longstreth, Robyn Lucas, Sasha Madronich, R L McKenzie, Patrick Neale, Rachel Neale, Mary Norval, Krishna K. Pandey, Nigel Paul, Milla Rautio, Halim Hamid Redhwi, Sharon A. Robinson, Kevin C. Rose, Keith R. Solomon, Barbara Sulzberger, S A Wangberg, Craig E. Williamson, Stephen R. Wilson, Robert C. Worrest, Anthony R. Young and Richard G. Zepp


The Parties to the Montreal Protocol are informed by three Panels of experts. One of these is the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP), which deals with two focal issues. The first focus is the effects of UV radiation on human health, animals, plants, biogeochemistry, air quality, and materials. The second focus is on interactions between UV radiation and global climate change and how these may affect humans and the environment. When considering the effects of climate change, it has become clear that processes resulting in changes in stratospheric ozone are more complex than previously believed. As a result of this, human health and environmental issues will be longer-lasting and more regionally variable. Like the other Panels, the EEAPproduces a detailed report every four years; the most recent was published as a series of seven papers in 2015 (Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14, 1–184). In the years in between, the EEAP produces less detailed and shorter Progress Reports of the relevant scientific findings. The most recent of these was for 2015 (Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2016, 15, 141–147). The present Progress Report for 2016 assesses some of the highlights and new insights with regard to the interactive nature of the direct and indirect effects of UV radiation, atmospheric processes, and climate change. The more detailed Quadrennial Assessment will bemade available in 2018

Topics: Natural Sciences, Climate Research, climate change, ozone depletion, UNEP
Publisher: 'Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)'
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1039/c7pp90001e
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