Thursday, 12 December 2013

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

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.