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Volume 17, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 11929-11941, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-11929-2017
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 11929-11941, 2017
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Research article 12 Oct 2017

Research article | 12 Oct 2017

A growing threat to the ozone layer from short-lived anthropogenic chlorocarbons

David E. Oram et al.
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We have observed large amounts of man-made chlorine compounds in E and SE Asia and in the upper tropical troposphere. These relatively short-lived compounds are not controlled by the Montreal Protocol, but if significant quantities were able to reach the stratosphere, the long-term recovery of stratospheric ozone would be delayed. We have also identified an important atmospheric transport mechanism that can rapidly transport these chemicals from E Asia to the upper troposphere via the tropics.
We have observed large amounts of man-made chlorine compounds in E and SE Asia and in the upper...
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