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Posted Sat Oct 16 2010: from
Goodbye, CFCs. Hello, HCFCs, oh no
The cholorofluorocarbons, to give them their full name, are long gone from our lives. They have been banned from industrialised countries by international treaty since the mid- 1990s, and developing countries have followed suit. But because they are particularly long-lived substances, they have stuck around at dangerous levels in the atmosphere, continuing to do their worst. Now, finally, they have begun to decline. The world's most authoritative survey - the four-yearly Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion, compiled by 300 senior scientists - reported this autumn that levels of CFC 12, one of the most common types, have fallen for the first time.... The substances being used to replace CFCs - HCFCs and HFCs - though much better for the ozone layer, also contribute to global warming.... But emissions of HFCs are sky-rocketing, with no end in sight: the new assessment reckons that, if uncontrolled, they could undo all the good for the climate done by banning the CFCs in the first place.
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