Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. O. N. Singh, P. Fabian
    Pages 1-43
  3. M. A. K. Khalil
    Pages 45-79
  4. J. Harnisch
    Pages 81-111
  5. R. Vogt
    Pages 113-128
  6. P. M. Midgley, A. McCulloch
    Pages 129-153
  7. P. M. Midgley, A. McCulloch
    Pages 203-221

About this book

Introduction

Benign substances such as CFCs - nontoxic, noncorrosive, nonflammable and nonreactive with most other substances and considered ideal compounds for many purposes threaten our life protective shield, the atmospheric ozone layer. These "wonder compounds", drifting intact up to the stratosphere, are photolyzed there by the Sun's UV radiation releasing millions of tons of chlorine atoms each one capable of catalytically destroying thousands of ozone molecules. Scientific evidence clearly shows that chlorine and bromine compounds, such as CFCs, released into the atmosphere are responsible for continuous and progressing global ozone losses superimposed by dramatic seasonal ozone depletions over Antarctica and Arctic regions as well.
Substitutes are produced and emitted today, partly halogenated hydrocarbons, some of which are highly reactive in the troposphere. Along with reactive substances of natural origin, they have opened a new dimension of atmospheric photochemistry. This handbook volume deals with these reactive halogen compounds and their interactions.It provides a review of the present knowledge of their properties, applications, sources, sinks as well as international regulations.

Keywords

Air Pollution CFC Environment Halogen Compounds Luftreinhaltung Protection of the Environment Umwelt Umweltbelastung Umweltschutz emissions production

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/10628761
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-64090-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-69690-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1433-6855
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-8674
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