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Ozone (O3) is the triatomic form of oxygen. It is a gaseous atmospheric constituent.
The ozone layer is a layer of Earth's stratosphere that absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. It is mainly found in the lower portion of the stratosphere, from approximately 15 to 35 kilometres above Earth.
The emissions of ozone depleting substances increased in the middle to late 20th century, linked to the use of chemicals such as Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in refrigeration, industrial cleaning, foam blowing and air conditioning.
As a result of the threat of increased ozone depletion, an international agreement was formulated in 1987, known as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, to reduce the worldwide use of ozone depleting substances.
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