Report: New ozone-destroying chemicals found in atmosphere

Critical Thinker

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This is just a short excerpt from the Guardian article, here is the link to the full article. It seems that this is likely to make the rounds on conspiracy websites before long.

Mysterious compounds undermining recovery of giant ozone hole over Antarctica, scientists warn

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed.

The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroyers in 1987. Scientists said the finding of the chemicals circulating in the atmosphere showed "ozone depletion is not yesterday's story."
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cloudspotter

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The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century.
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Isn't that a bit of a contradiction?
 

Critical Thinker

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The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century.
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Isn't that a bit of a contradiction?

I suspect by 'newly discovered' they meant [newly discovered] in the mix in the atmosphere under discussion, not newly discovered from not having been known to exist.
 

jaydeehess

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"From a climate change perspective, individually, PFTBA's atmospheric concentration does not significantly alert the phenomenon of climate change," Hong said. "Still the biggest culprit is CO2 from fossil fuel emissions."

The article is written in such a way as to allow the fear factor to take precedence. The first two paragraphs are either very badly constructed or it is deliberate in order to make the story 'sexy'. It later does get to more factual reporting but if that's all it had it would be considered boring.
 
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