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Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical baffles NASA

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posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 07:00 AM
A chemical known to damage the Earth's ozone layer is being released from an unknown source, according to NASA.

A CHEMICAL USED IN dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but NASA said on Wednesday that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown source.
The world agreed to stop using CCl4 as part of the Montreal Protocol, which aims to phase out the use of gases which damage the Earth's protective layer of ozone.
"Parties to the Montreal Protocol reported zero new CCl4 emissions between 2007-2012," the US space agency said in a statement.
"However, the new research shows worldwide emissions of CCl4 average 39,000 tonnes per year, approximately 30 per cent of peak emissions prior to the international treaty going into effect."

"We are not supposed to be seeing this at all," said Qing Liang, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. "It is now apparent there are either unidentified industrial leakages, large emissions from contaminated sites, or unknown CCl4 sources."

So there is still a major source of CCl4 out in the world, not only that but they have also found out that the chemical stays in the atmosphere 40 per cent longer than previously thought. So, who's the culprit? I wonder is there a way to find out where it is coming from and shutting it down?


posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 07:04 AM
a reply to: Lady_Tuatha
I would look in China or India first.
Or it could be aliens, who knows what their farts contain.

posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 07:22 AM

SO Mysterious oh what could the source be? nobody knows

posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 07:45 AM
This chemical, carbon tetrachloride, could be a byproduct of something we are now doing.

Maybe by adding fluoride to the water, we could be causing a reaction in the sewer treatment that releases small amounts of this.

Maybe it is a side reaction created by the fracking process. Or a byproduct of a the making of corn alcohol. Maybe a crop we have started growing more of actually emits this chemical in trace amounts. Maybe the GM corn we feed the animals is causing a little of this in their gas.

Maybe the original problem was not from the fluorocarbons and carbon tetrachlorides alone, or another chemical we put into the atmosphere is keeping this from breaking down, inhibiting the reaction. It could be the elevation of CO2 over the last forty years that is contributing to reducing the breakdown of this chemical. Maybe all our dumps and illegal chemical dumps are still leaching this into the air.

Could be a lot of things, some of them manmade some of them not. I suppose if some scientists would look at this better and with an open mind, they could figure it out. They should be able to make something that could detect the emissions of these in the ground air from the space space station to find the origin.

posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 09:12 AM
a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

Where could it be coming from? Could it be a corporation who [tsk] believes he's above the law?

Carbon tetrachloride does not naturally occur in the environment (HSDB, 1995).

posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 10:16 AM
a reply to: soficrow
It's coming from China and India, and likely also from eastern Europe.
They are way behind the west in terms of keeping an eye on such things

posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 10:41 AM
Nothing mysterous here,obviously not all of the signers of the montreal protocol are upholding their end of the agreement.
a perfect example of why saving the environment is an all or nothing proposition the whole world needs to be involved or it`s just going to be a waste of time.
here in the U.S. we have environmental regulations on everything from large factories to home appliances.All that money and effort to make factories,cars, and home appliances less environmentally harmful is a waste unless all the countries do the same.
At best we can only delay the inevitable unless the whole world adopts more environmentally friendly policies and laws.

posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 11:03 AM
a reply to: punkinworks10

I can buy that but want evidence.


posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 02:48 PM
a reply to: soficrow

I agree, unless we see proof it's all just heresay.

posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 06:43 PM
a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

Well, I'll give it "reasonable suspicion."

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