You just can’t make this stupidity up!!!!!
The EPA tweets ……….
Think sunny days are good for plants? Not always. Sunlight causes #ozone to form, which harms foliage, weakens trees: http://www3.epa.gov/airquality/ozonepollution/ecosystem.htm …
Don’t bother trying to go to the page with the massive stupid on it. The EPA has already taken it down.
Some entertaining pushback in the replies. @EPA took down the post, probably because of the insanity factor. https://twitter.com/EPA/status/648969378852151297 …
Beyond the necessity of sunlight for all life on the earth’s surface ……. well, all life, the EPA’s tweet is even more anti-science once one understands what ozone actually does for plant life!
Yes, sunlight does cause ozone to form ……. in the stratosphere! And, thank God it does!!!! You see, ozone is created by the ultra-violet part of sunlight’s spectrum, mostly by the dangerous UVc spectrum. In other words, O3 (ozone) absorbs/blocks UVc and UVb (along with other molecules). Wanna know what’s really harmful to plant-life? Well, that would be UVc.
Yes, yes, for the pedantic, some miniscule amount of ozone at the surface is caused by sunlight. Mostly, when nature causes ozone at the surface, it’s because of lightening. ….. and yes, hydrocarbons also create O3 when sunlight hits it.
The benefits of sunlight is always much greater than any imaginary detriment. Indeed, the imaginary “detriment” the EPA cites, provides us (and plants!) with a much greater benefit.