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New Harvard study shows links between warming, changes in atmospheric chemistry and skin cancer

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with serious global impacts like rising sea levels and increases in weather extremes, global warming may lead to a significantly higher risk for skin cancer, according to a new study published this week in the Journal Science.

Harvard researchers say they’ve discovered a connection between climate change and depletion of the ozone layer over the U.S. that could allow more damaging ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth’s surface, leading to increased incidence of skin cancer.

The increase in UV radiation could also affect other species, including vitally important crops like wheat, that could also be susceptible to genetic damage.

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