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O-ZONE DEPLETION The o-zone layer is a very important part of the environment. It is being depleted at an enormously fast rate, and if we do not do something about it will be gone before we know it. Chlorofluorocarbons are the cause of the problem. They are better know as Freon. It is found in foam insulation, refrigerators, air conditioners, and electronic equipment.

Chlorofluorocarbons are broken down by strong ultraviolet light and releases chlorine atoms that deplete the o-zone. Antarctica is where the largest hole is. Los Angeles, Seattle, and Miami are three cities in North America that are also effected largely. With the o-zone layer depleting, UV-B rays are allowed to reach the earth causing harm to humans, animals, and plants.

The people of the world need to act fast to save the remaining o-zone. By doing so, we can prevent many from getting skin cancer and cataracts. Also, by recycling vehicle equipment we can help to conserve CFC'S.

CFC-12 is a leading CFC in the depletion of the environment. It is used in many refrigerators. It is also used in air conditioners.

There are many things that we can do to prevent the o-zone layer from depleting even more. We can ask air conditioning and car salesman if their products contain CFC'S. We can also stop burning fossil fuels. If we cooperate, we can save the o-zone before it is too late.