Yemen contributes to Ozone protection [Archives:2007/1030/Local News]

March 5 2007

SANA'A, March 4 ) Yemen is seeking to help protect the Ozone layer from depletion by boosting agriculture which depends on Methyl Bromide alternatives.

According to the head of the Ozone Unit at the General Authority for Environment Protection, Faisal Nasser, the risks of ultraviolet rays include the increased probability of skin cancer. The possibility of this harm increases with the continuing depletion of the Ozone layer. Scientists believe that when the Ozone layer depletes by one percent, the potential for contracting skin cancer increases by two percent.

Nasser indicated that chemical materials used by factories, including sponge factories, together with CFCs are considered to be among the primary causes adding to the probable risks.

He further noted that Yemeni investors maintain an appropriate level of environmental awareness and further stated that investors in sponge production have replaced those materials used by others which affect Ozone layer and have done so without any help from the United Nations Development Program.

Nasser further asserted that it is our duty to praise such people who contribute to the protection of the Ozone layer and environmental health, as they replace harmful materials, whether those used in agriculture or in industry.

Sa'ada governorate ranks first within Yemen for using Methyl Bromide alternatives which help to protect the Ozone layer. This situation was achieved after many farmers received training from the Ozone Unit.