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Posted Tue Jun 23 2009: from PNAS, via SolveClimate:
Study Confirms Growing Threat of Super Greenhouse Gases
A new study published today by the National Academy of Sciences confirms unequivocally that a class of gases, whose use is expected to skyrocket in the developing world as living standards improve, poses an unforeseen and potentially grave threat by worsening global warming. These "super greenhouse gases" known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, were originally developed to replace the use of ozone-depleting aerosols and are now commonly found in refrigerators, air conditioners and automobile cooling systems. If left unchecked, their build-up in the atmosphere could negate current efforts to reduce carbon dioxide to safe levels by 2050. This emergency within the climate emergency has largely escaped public notice, but the new study is expected to raise its profile.
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