Perfluorocarbons

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perfluorocarbons

Collective term for a series of totally fluorinated hydrocarbons (e.g., CF4, C2F6), which are present in the atmosphere as a result of anthropogenic activities.

These species are very resistive to destruction in the atmosphere and thus have extremely long lifetimes (thousands of years). As a consequence of their extremely long lifetimes and strong infrared absorption features, the large greenhouse warming potentials of these compounds is of some concern.

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