In this study, the need to detect and track unexpected substances in the atmosphere is demonstrated. The study reports on three hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which have no known purposeful end-uses.
A new compound was discovered in the atmosphere, octafluorooxolane (c-C4F8O). It was detected in ambient and archived air samples by analysis using AGAGE-type Medusa-GCMS measurements.
The three minor chlorofluorocarbons CFC-13, CFC-114, and CFC-115 are not disappearing from the atmosphere as quickly as one would expect given their ban by the Montreal Protocol.
HFCs have been introduced to replace environmentally-damaging HCFCs which can both destroy the Earth’s protective ozone layer and are potent greenhouse gases.
High precision measurements of three CFCs, three HCFCs, six HFCs, three PFCs, and SF6 were made at five Chinese background stations from January 2011 to December 2012.
Since 2007, scientists have been searching to find the cause of a sudden and unexpected global rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, following almost a decade in which concentrations had stayed relatively constant.