Ozone Depletion vs. Global Warming

Difference Between Ozone Depletion and Global Warming

Ozone depletion and global warming are related concepts but certainly not the same.  These are two environmental conditions which are faced by the world today.

Ozone layer is a thin protective layer in the atmosphere of the earth which keeps ultraviolet rays away from earth and keeps us safe from the harmful effects of UV rays. Depletion of this layer will make the earth hotter and the UV rays will cause skin diseases and skin cancers. Ozone is a greenhouse gas and is known to contribute to global warming.

Global warming is the trapping of heat in the atmosphere of earth because of greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases which are being emitted as smoke from automobiles, factories etc along with other greenhouse gases and are causing excessive heating of the atmosphere.  This excessive heating is causing changes in the climate of the earth and La Niña and El Niño are results of those changes.

Ozone layer depletion is also a result of global warming because ozone layer is very reactive and its molecular bonds break very easily but its replacement is not that fast because the emission of greenhouse gases is increasing rapidly. Some of the holes in ozone layer are naturally occurring while others are because of the increased pollution.

Both these issues need to be addressed immediately so that the earth can be saved from the consequences of global warming and ozone layer depletion.


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