UN SDG #13 Climate Action UN SDG #13
UN SDG #3 Good Health and Well-being UN SDG #3

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Reducing ozone and other Particulate matter in the environment

Ozone and damages vegetation by injuring leaves, reducing photosynthesis, impairing reproduction and growth and decreasing crop yields. Ozone damage to plants may alter ecosystem structure, reduce biodiversity and decrease plant uptake of CO2. Ozone is also a greenhouse gas that contributes to the warming of the atmosphere.

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Reducing ozone and other Particulate matter in the environment

Ozone and damages vegetation by injuring leaves, reducing photosynthesis, impairing reproduction and growth and decreasing crop yields. Ozone damage to plants may alter ecosystem structure, reduce biodiversity and decrease plant uptake of CO2. Ozone is also a greenhouse gas that contributes to the warming of the atmosphere.
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Not only is Ozone bad for the environment, it is a threat to human health as well. Ozone exposure reduces lung function and causes respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath. Ozone exposure also aggravates asthma and lung diseases such as emphysema leading to increased medication use, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits. Exposure to ozone may also increase the risk of premature mortality from respiratory causes. Short-term exposure to ozone is also associated with increased total non-accidental mortality, which includes deaths from respiratory causes.

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Winds can carry particulates and gases like ozone and carbon monoxide far away from the source. When the pollutants settle on ground or water, they damage the natural and built environments through acid rain. Consequently lakes, streams, and other bodies of water become acidic. This shifts the nutrient balance in coastal waters and the soil, damaging forests and farm crops and threatening biodiversity.

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