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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Recent Examples on the Web Wheeler signed Wednesday a final rule eliminating the leak repair regulations for hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are refrigerant chemicals that warm the atmosphere hundreds of times faster than carbon dioxide. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Wheeler tells Democrats the EPA can do more with less," 27 Feb. 2020 Coolants most commonly used in American refrigerators and air-conditioning units are hydrofluorocarbons — greenhouse gases that are often thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "UT Dallas researchers create fridges with a twist," 23 Jan. 2020 The legislation would target emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, refrigerant chemicals that are potent greenhouse gases. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump unveils environmental review reforms," 9 Jan. 2020 Although not well known, its aim is to phase out the use of potent greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons, which are used widely in air conditioning systems. Washington Post, "Air Conditioning Is the World’s Next Big Threat," 30 June 2019 As part of Peter’s effort to address climate change, the lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would address so called super pollutants, such as methane and hydrofluorocarbon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rep. Peters rebuffs Green New Deal activists, says bipartisan approach to climate change working," 16 Sep. 2019 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

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrofluorocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrofluorocarbon. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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