MIT Researchers discover potent new Greenhouse Gas
Chances are, if you do not regularly spray fumigants to control insects in grain storage faculties or to kill mice and weevils in industrial agriculture settings, you've probably never heard of Methyl bromide or Sulfuryl fluoride. However, scientists at MIT are bringing new recognition to the chemicals now that research has demonstrated that sulfuryl fluride is a very potent greenhouse gas.
Step back over two decades ago: the depletion of the ozone layer wasTHE environmental issue of the 1980's. In 1987 the Montreal Protocol was established and over the course of 22 years it has successfully lead to the phasing out of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons and other chemicals. One of the chemicals targeted by the Protocol was methyl bromide. It was totally phased out in 2005 and replaced with sulfuryl fluride. The only problem? MIT Researchers have now discovered that sulfuryl fluride is actually an extremely potent greenhouse gas, 4,800 times stronger than carbon dioxide and lasts way longer in the atmosphere than was originally thought.
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