China Has Been Limiting an Illegal, Ozone-destroying Greenhouse Gas, Say Scientists

China Has Been Limiting an Illegal, Ozone-destroying Greenhouse Gas, Say Scientists

The spike in the number of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is an issue that environmentalists have been discussing for a long period of time. Now, a recent research claims that China is responsible for releasing one of the illegal greenhouse gases that are responsible for the increasing issue of ozone depletion. The gas being in question here is trichlorofluoromethane or CFC-11 and it has a negative impact on the atmosphere.

The study was conducted by a group of researchers who hail from the University of Bristol in the U.K., Kyungpook National University in South Korea, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. Through this research, they have proven that China has been the major reason for the global increase of CFC-11 in the earth’s atmosphere during the period between 2014 and 2017.

The research also notes that some parts of the country are responsible for emitting this greenhouse gas. In this case, northeastern provinces of the country are being blamed for the issue. While this is the first attempt at the research to prove the claim, several social activists and media reports had blamed China for the increasing amount of trichlorofluoromethane in the atmosphere.

“Several considerations suggest that the increase in CFC-11 emissions from eastern mainland China is likely to be the result of new production and use which is inconsistent with the Montreal Protocol agreement to phase out global chlorofluorocarbon production by 2010,” reads the abstract of the study, published quite recently.

According to Montreal protocol, China or any other country that has signed the Montreal Protocol agreement is not supposed to emit a number of gases deemed to be harmful to the atmosphere and trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11 is in the list as well.