More Evidence Points to China as Source of Ozone-Depleting Gas

The New York Times
Date: Nov. 3, 2018
By: Chris Buckley

A refrigerator factory in Shandong Province, China. Officials in Beijing have vowed to crack down on rogue factories. CreditCreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times

BEIJING — An environmental group says it has new evidence showing that China is behind the resurgence of a banned industrial gas that not only destroys the planet’s protective ozone layer but also contributes to global warming.

The gas, trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, is supposed to be phased out worldwide under the Montreal Protocol, the global agreement to protect the ozone layer. In May, however, scientists published research showing that CFC-11 levels in the atmosphere had begun falling more slowly. Their findings suggested significant new emissions of the gas, most likely from East Asia.

Evidence then uncovered by The New York Times and the Environmental Investigation Agency pointed to rogue factories in China as a likely major source.

Now, the E.I.A. has prepared a report that it says bolsters the finding that Chinese factories are behind the return of CFC-11.    [FULL  STORY]