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Why are HCFCs not as harmful to the atmosphere as CFCs?

Because they contain hydrogen, HCFCs break down more easily in the atmosphere than do CFCs. Therefore, HCFCs have less ozone depletion potential, in addition to less global-warming potential. HFCs do not contain chlorine and do not contribute to destruction of stratospheric ozone.

What makes HCFCs less potent ozone destroyers than CFCs?

HCFCs are less stable than CFCs because HCFC molecules contain carbon-hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen, when attached to carbon in organic compounds such as these, is attacked by the hydroxyl radical in the lower part of the atmosphere known as the troposphere.

Does HCFCs destroy ozone?

The HCFCs are one class of chemicals being used to replace the CFCs. They contain chlorine and thus deplete stratospheric ozone, but to a much lesser extent than CFCs. HCFCs have ozone depletion potentials (ODPs) ranging from 0.01 to 0.1.

Which is more harmful CFC or HCFC?

Although HCFCs are much less damaging to the ozone than CFCs, they are still powerful greenhouse gases (though not as bad as CFCs). As a result of environmental concerns, the Montreal Protocol was amended to also phase out specifically HCFC-R22 by 2020, and all HCFCs by 2030.

Is HCFC harmful?

Man-made compounds such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and halons destroy ozone in the upper atmosphere (stratosphere). Stratospheric ozone loss can result in potential harm to human health and the environment, including: increased incidence of skin cancer and cataracts.

What is the strongest evidence that HCFCs?

What is the strongest evidence that CFCs are in the stratosphere? Measurements of CFCs in air samples from the stratosphere.

What does HCFC stand for?

HCFC. Hydro-Chloro-Fluoro Carbon.

Why is the loss of stratospheric ozone a problem?

The thinning of the stratospheric ozone shield and the resulting increase in UV-B radiation reaching the earth are expected to have direct health effects on humans. Exposure to the ultraviolet radiations in sunlight plays a major role in the premature appearance of aging of the skin.