What are some harmful effects of solar radiation?
Skin cancer, eye damage, disinfection, and many more!
The ultraviolet radiation present in sunlight can also cause damage to your skin. Short exposures to intense sunlight during the summer months can produce painful sunburns, while longer-term exposure to UVA and UVB can damage cells, altering their DNA and possibly leading to skin cancer.
All cataracts stem from or are exacerbated by excessive sun exposure, and ultraviolet radiation may increase your chances of other eye diseases as well.
The radiation that can cause eye and skin damage is also harmful to microscopic life. Exposing bottled water to sunlight for six hours or more can kill many harmful pathogens.