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CHLORO-FLUOROCARBONS (CFCS)

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French Equivalent: Chlorofluorocarbones (CFC)

Definition:
Chloro-fluorocarbons (CFCs) are inert, non-toxic and easily liquefied chemicals used in refrigeration, air-conditioning, packaging and insulation, or as solvents and aerosol propellants.

Context:
Because CFCs are not destroyed in the lower atmosphere, they drift into the upper atmosphere where their chlorine components destroy ozone. They are also among the greenhouse gases that may effect climate change.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Greenhouse gases
Ozone layer

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, April 08, 2013