Climate scientist Dr. Peter Ward has made a startling connection between an increase of cataracts cases and the depleting ozone.
‘Ozone depletion is more damaging than we even knew, especially for eye health,” says Ward “New research shows it may result in up to 830,000 additional cases of cataracts by 2050 in the USA.”
By age 65, over 90% of people have a cataract and half of the people between the ages of 75 and 85 have lost some vision due to a cataract.
Why are these numbers growing? Ozone depletion over the United States has increased more than 5% since 1970 and in some recent years has been as great as 9% allowing considerably more UV-B radiation to reach Earth’s surface, causing increases in skin cancers and cataracts. Unique physical properties allow the ozone layer to act as our planet’s sunscreen, providing an invisible filter to help protect all life forms from the Sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to more ultraviolet light can damage your skin and the lens in your eye significantly.
Scientists predict the negative health effects are going to get even more serious if we do not take the necessary precautions. Young adults and kids need to protect themselves before it is too late! Dr. Ward is strongly urging Americans to be safe as we move into the summer months.
Dr. Ward worked 27 years with the United States Geological Survey as research geophysicist, branch chief, and program manager. He helped develop and manage a major national research program, chaired a committee at the White House, testified before Congress, worked on a committee for Vice President Gore, published more than 50 scientific papers, and won two national awards for explaining science to the general public. He retired in 1998, working intensely for the past decade trying to resolve several enigmatic observations related to climate change.
Ward’s analysis and theory are explained in detail on his website and in his new book,
“What Really Causes Global Warming? Greenhouse Gases or Ozone Depletion?”
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