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The Ozone Layer Interesting Facts - World Ozone Day | Ozone For Life

16 September is World Ozone Day. Thanks to international cooperation, this year we celebrate 35 years of the Vienna Convention and 35 years of global ozone layer protection.

World Ozone Day shows that collective decisions and action, guided by science, are the only way to solve major global crises.

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The Ozone Layer Facts:

In 1985, the world’s governments adopted the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under the Convention’s Montreal Protocol, governments, scientists and industry worked together to cut out 99 per cent of all ozone-depleting substances. Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is healing and expected to return to pre-1980 values by mid-century. In support of the Protocol, the Kigali Amendment, which came into force in 2019, will work towards reducing hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs), greenhouse gases with powerful climate-warming potential and damaging to the environment.

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The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer

When did we realize ozone depletion was an issue, and how did we fix it? By 1985, the globe had already seen advancements in the scientific understanding of ozone depletion and its impacts on human health and the environment. It was then that the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was created in response. This agreement is a framework convention that lays out principles agreed upon by many parties. It does not, however, require countries to take control actions to protect the ozone layer. This would come later in the form of the Montreal Protocol.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is a global agreement to protect the Earth’s ozone layer by phasing out the chemicals that deplete it. This phase-out plan includes both the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. The landmark agreement was signed in 1987 and entered into force in 1989.

Facts and Figures on Ozone Protection


All about Ozone and the Ozone Layer. 

What is the ozone layer? 

How does ozone protect us from UV-B?

How is ozone produced and destroyed in the stratosphere?

Ozone depletion and the “ozone hole”

So, what causes the thinning of the ozone layer around the globe and the “ozone hole” above Antarctica?

How do these chemicals deplete ozone?


Without the Montreal Protocol, large-scale depletion of the ozone layer would have occurred with major consequences

UV-B radiation: now and in a world without the Montreal Protocol

Damage to human health and well-being

Skin cancers in a world without the Montreal Protocol

Eye disease in a world without the Montreal Protocol

Other health effects in a world without the Montreal Protocol

Damage to food security

Damage to our environment

The ozone layer today

The Montreal Protocol is widely lauded as a huge environmental success. Whilst the damage we have done to the ozone layer has not yet been undone, thanks to this agreement and the collaborative effort of nations around the world, there is scientific evidence that the ozone layer is healing itself and is expected to recover by the middle of this century.

Even though we are well protected by the ozone layer we should all be aware of our exposure to UV radiation. You can help safeguard yourself and your family


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