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Ozone Layer, International Protection »

K Madhava Sarma, Stephen O Andersen, Durwood Zaelke, Kristen N Taddonio
1 The 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (‘MP’), and its underlying framework convention the 1985 Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer (‘VCPOL’), seek to protect the ozone layer in the stratosphere, located 10 to 15 kilometres above the earth (see also Atmosphere, International Protection; Framework Agreements). The ozone layer protects the earth from excessive ultraviolet (‘UV’) radiation that endangers human health by increasing skin cancer and cataracts, and suppressing the immune system, and that also damages...