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    Someone is producing banned ozone eating chemical

    But scientists cant figure out who...

    Scientists think someone is producing a banned, ozone-depleting chemical under the radar. Countries were supposed to phase out CFC-11 by 2010, but scientists have spotted the release of far more than governments are reporting.

    If rogue production continues, it might just hold back the fragile recovery of Earth's vital ozone shield, despite years of success. CFC-11 is a chlorofluorocarbon. The chemical was used in aerosol cans, in foam and even in novelty drinking birds, until scientists realized it was seeping into the atmosphere and eating the ozone layer.

    Production of CFC-11 was phased out under the United Nation's Montreal Protocol in 2010. But, someone, somewhere has started churning the out the gas. CFC-11 emissions, the researchers found, have risen by a quarter over the last six years. Although countries have reported next to zero emissions since 2006, from 2014 to 2016, 14,000 extra tons per year were seeping into the atmosphere.

    Ive been making these measurements for more than 30 years, and this is the most surprising thing Ive seen, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientist Stephen Montzka, who led the new research published in Nature, told the Washington Post. I was astounded by it, really. Data suggests the emissions culprit might be located in eastern Asia, but more research is needed to be certain, Montzka said in a statement.

    CFC-11: Someone's Producing This Banned Ozone-Eating Chemical?but No-one Knows Who
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    I saw that. Honestly, I didn't know what to make of it. NEW or old 'stores' of it? Can they get 'DNA' on it so to speak?

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