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Review of : Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby
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Review of : Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby
Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby:

http://www.policyalmanac.org/environment...zone.shtml

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They were doing pretty good until they got to the "bad" ozone part. If repetitive ozone inhalation, even at low doses, was as dangerous as the author claims then we would have all been dead a long time ago. Ozone is produced all the way to ground level every time the sun comes up. For example if we put a blanket out in the sun it will bleach over time. It is not the UV light that bleaches the fabric but rather the ozone produced by the UV. The process is sped up by moisture since oxidizers need moisture to work.

We inhale even higher concentrations of ozone during lightning storms. That is the sweet smell we smell when lightening strikes.

Ozone actually serves several important purposes. For example the filtering of UV light. It is also Nature's disinfectant and breaks down many harmful substances such as formaldehyde, benzene, etc. Ozone also reacts with rain, fog and snow producing peroxides that are then picked up by plants to help keep them healthy.

It is true though that high concentrations can trigger off asthma attacks in those prone to asthma. It is unlikely to be exposed to the levels needed to cause an asthma attack at the concentrations normally produced in Nature. There are exceptions though. In some parts of the country lightening strikes have been recorded at high enough rates to significantly raise ozone levels.

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03-17-2013 04:18 AM
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