New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Harmful Than Co2

New discovery points to whole class of unregulated, understudied chemicals

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Smog in Toronto, Canada.

A greenhouse gas has been discovered that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the planet.

The Toronto researchers who found the chemical, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), say that it breaks all records for potential impacts on the climate, the Guardian reports.

Very little research and no regulations current pertain to emission of the whole class of chemicals PFTBA belongs to. The electrical industry has used PFTBA since the mid-20th century, but it is unknown to what extent it is employed today.

Presently, the concentration of PFTBA in the atmosphere is very low, and it is vastly overshadowed by carbon dioxide in its affect on global warming.

[Guardian]

3 comments
darmerc21
darmerc21

this was last year and i'm doing climate chage and global warming in school this year, dont really believe something that is 7,000 times more harmful than CO2 floating around, all of us would have been eradicated if it was true

MrBenGhazi
MrBenGhazi

And water is far more harmful of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.