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Life Under the Ozone Hole - a Special Report Posted by
Life Under the Ozone Hole - a Special Report

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In Punta Arenas, Chile, preschool
children gather in the school auditorium to watch Paul the Penguin, the mascot
of a German cosmetics company, learn how to slather himself from head to web
with extra-strength sun block. Their parents scan the newspaper each morning
for the traffic-signal graphic that tells them how much dangerous ultraviolet
radiation they will be exposed to that day. A red signal means that the
radiation level is so high that it can cause some people's skin to burn within
five minutes.
Welcome to life under the ozone hole -- which, according to scientists,
reached its largest dimensions in September, stretching from Antarctica to
southern Chile, thousands of miles away.
In a special report, Salon health correspondent Dawn MacKeen files from
ground zero of this ecological catastrophe -- the Chilean port city of
120,000 people that has become famous, or infamous, as the place that squats
directly under the gaping hole in the earth's protective ozone layer. "What's
happening down here on the edge of nowhere is an uncontrolled science
experiment: exposing human beings in their natural habitat to long-term doses
of potentially deadly ultraviolet radiation," writes MacKeen.
In the U.S. ozone depletion is a political issue, but in Punta Arenas,
it's a nightmarish reality.
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Name:Ann Baker
Comment: We have a customer in the salon that comes on a weekly basis and she is a very unhappy person. The problem is when she comes in she creates havoc & puts us & the customers in distress. The owner/boss really doesn't know how to get a handle on the situation. Actually, the owner/boss does her hair & I know it gets to her blood pressure, but she continually self-imposes. Do you have any suggestions or a article you can suggest on reading in any of the salon magazines? Maybe something on customer refusal or customer referral! Please help, this has been going on over 4 years. Thanks in advance! Ann

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