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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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 More than 170 countries agreed to the Kigali amendment in October 2016 following years of discussion about how refrigerants known as HFCs, short for hydrofluorocarbons, contribute to climate change. Justin Worland, Time, "Here's the One Climate Change Deal the Trump Administration Might Back," 6 Feb. 2018 This funding is crucial to help poor countries not only eliminate the last ozone-damaging chemicals but also to leapfrog cheap replacement chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). National Geographic, "Without the Ozone Treaty You’d Get Sunburned in 5 Minutes," 25 Sep. 2017 The long-lasting refrigerants used in air conditioners and freezers called hydrofluorocarbons account for a tiny portion of greenhouse gas emissions. National Geographic, "Five Big Environmental Wins in 2016," 15 Dec. 2016 In its 2015 regulation, EPA relied on a statute that regulated use of ozone-depleting substances, but the refrigerants -- called hydrofluorocarbons -- don’t damage the ozone layer, Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the court’s decision. Ari Natter, Bloomberg.com, "Court Tosses an Obama-Era Climate Rule That Trump Had Defended," 8 Aug. 2017

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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