Taking the Ozone
Stratospheric ozone depletion first hit the headlines in 1974. Twenty years later Rowland, Molina and Crutzen won a Nobel Prize for the discovery. Forty years later it appears that ozone depletion may have been arrested or even reversed. But 1992 is the year that I remember the most because it was when I performed a Karaoke version of “La Bamba” in Waterville, County Kerry with one of those three Nobel )Prize winners.
Swimming pools are often treated these days using low levels of ozone to kill bacteria. However in 19th century Victorian England many quack doctors used “ozone therapy” to treat their “patients”. They claimed to be able to cure a long list of ailments including asthma, mumps and varicose veins with their electrical generators and applicators. At the time they termed ozone as “activated oxygen” and because it was known that oxygen itself was “positively necessary to the...
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