hy·​dro·​fluo·​ro·​car·​bon | \ ˌhī-drō-ˌflȯr-ō-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce hydrofluorocarbon (audio) , -ˌflu̇r-\

Definition of hydrofluorocarbon

: any of several simple gaseous compounds that contain carbon, fluorine, and hydrogen

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The current generation of refrigerants (hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs) has little effect on the ozone layer but unfortunately contributes heavily to the greenhouse effect. Carine Sebi, Quartz, "How to cool your home without warming the planet," 27 Aug. 2019 Common in all these machines are hydrofluorocarbons, a type of industrial chemical used for cooling. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "India is the epicenter of rethinking air conditioning," 26 July 2019 One concerns ways to control methane leaks from oil-and-gas production; the other concerns plans to decrease hydrofluorocarbon emissions, through both federal standards and participation in an international agreement known as the Kigali Amendment. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency," 11 July 2019 The downward spiral is easy enough to see: A/C units contribute to global warming through their use of hydrofluorocarbons, which drive temperatures up, which causes people to buy more A/C units. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Re-Engineer A/Cs To Help Battle Climate Change?," 30 Apr. 2019 What are hydrofluorocarbons? HFCs, found in aerosols and refrigerants, are a class of potent greenhouse gases that the Kigali amendment aims to reduce in the atmosphere. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: EPA delays public-records requests to avoid questions about Scott Pruitt, Democrat says," 12 June 2018 The tiff concerns a multilateral effort to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 The Administration faces a decision on another key climate agreement that would reduce emissions of global warming-causing hydrofluorocarbons, known as HFCs for short, used as a refrigerant, but this one is backed by Big Business. Justin Worland, Time, "Big Business Wants to Stop Trump From Leaving This Other Climate Deal," 3 May 2018 In 2016, world leaders struck a deal to phase out the use of a class of chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, as coolants in refrigerators and air conditioners. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump under pressure to keep an Obama-era climate decision he hasn't tried to kill (yet)," 20 Feb. 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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