China blamed for baffling rise in ozone-depleting gas

Report accuses China factories over ozone-depleting gas

Traders named in the report also reported that Chinese companies are exporting prohibited CFCs by incorrectly marking them as hydrofluorocarbon compounds (HFCs) or as other chemical blends.

In May this year, Nature magazine released a study showing that the reduction of banned chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs) which contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer has slowed by nearly half, indicating that someone, somewhere was producing the chemical. The CFC-11 containing foam mixtures were also being exported overseas. "It was very clear".

The authorities have banned CFC-11 but enforcement of the regulation is poor.

In may researchers from the National oceanic and atmospheric administration reported the increase in the concentration of CFC-11.

The ozone layer that shields life from the sun's cancer-causing ultraviolet rays is showing its first sign of thickening after years of risky depletion, a United Nations study said on Wednesday.

China's polyurethane foam contributes for one-third of global production and unless it is stopped, the closing of ozone holes would take more time period.

The report comes ahead of a working group of the Montreal Protocol in Vienna from July 11-14, where the issue of rogue CFC-11 emissions is likely to be on the agenda.

"This week will be a critical moment for dialogue, resolve and action to ensure any illegal activities are fully investigated and urgently halted", said Erik Solheim, the head of UN Environment, which hosts the MP. It turned out that harmful substances are still used in China for the production of insulating materials. CFC-11 is easy to produce and $150 a tonne cheaper than the ozone-friendly alternative, according to the companies to which the EIA investigators spoke.

"The profit margins were very high, the demand was high and the risks were very low", said Mahapatra.

One company representative admitted that 99% of their products using CFC-11 was produced by factories in Inner Mongolia and acquired through "shady and hidden operations" before being smuggled over the border concealed in piles of lumber.

It's the Chinese manufacturers of plastic foam, according to an investigation by an NGO called the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA.) The group said Monday it has evidence that 18 Chinese makers of polyurethane foam insulation, which is generally used in construction, regularly use CFC-11 in the manufacturing process.

Other companies included in the report reported that their companies produce the same substance in their factories, and indeed have the capacity to produce 40 tons of CFC per day, an extravagantly large number for the current data of the alleged ban.

A few months ago, there were reports that while the ozone layer was recovering all over the world, researchers were able to still find some traces of unsafe CFC which at the time was reported to be coming out of East Asia.

Scientists have been extremely puzzled by the mysterious rise in emissions. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.

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