Vacations in the Sun: Can They Survive the Effects of Global Ozone Depletion?

by Bruce Justin Miller, Univ of Hawaii, Honolulu, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The impact of elevated levels of ultraviolet on human health is already being reported. With tourism slated to become the economic mainstay in many tropical countries, there is the very real danger that a worsening ozone crisis, or even continuing negative press reporting about ultraviolet radiation dangers, could lead potential visitors to actively avoid tropical vacation spots. In order to effectively respond to the ozone crisis and its negative impacts on society, it is necessary to understand the causes of ozone depletion, and the probable consequences. It is necessary to take immediate steps to control unnecessary emissions of ozone depleting chemicals, as well as to develop strategies to cope with increases in ultraviolet radiation already underway.

Subject Headings: Ozone | Economic factors | Tropical regions | Solar radiation | Public health and safety | Tourism | Chemicals | Climate change

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