Scientists measure sharp rise in HFC levels

A sharp rise in atmospheric levels of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in 2002 has been reported by scientists monitoring greenhouse gases from the Arctic Norwegian territory of Svalbard (Spitsbergen). Levels of two HFC compounds in particular (125 and 134a) were 20% higher than in 2001. The European Commission has proposed measures to limit emissions and curb some uses of HFCs and other "f-gases" under EU climate change policy (EED 24/10/03). HFC manufacturers recently reiterated their view that using f-gases can actually reduce the greenhouse effect. See Norwegian press release and report, and F-gas industry brochure.

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