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Student Interdisciplinary Symposium at Hialeah Campus

This guide contains resources for students participating in the annual Student Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Effects of Hydrofluorocarbons on Climate Change by Jordan Lam, Henri Manzano, & Emmanuella Leconte


Hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) are a group of industrial chemicals that are primarily used for cooling and refrigeration. Like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydro-fluorocarbons destroy the earth’s protective ozone layer, which is there to shield the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Most of the hydro-fluorocarbons are powerful greenhouse gases and some are short-lived climate pollutants that have lifespans of 15 to 29 years in the atmosphere. It was estimated that by 2020 if there were to be no new regulation, the HFC consumption would be doubled and harshly affect the atmosphere. Though HFCs only make up 1% of the greenhouse gases, their impact on the climate can be thousands of times greater than of carbon dioxide. We are currently in the process of cutting down the use of HFCs; there are multiple solutions to replace HFCs that are being implemented now.


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