NPR’s Planet Money, a podcast that claims to be “the economy explained,” recently highlighted a hidden ticking climate bomb in the world: chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Say that five times fast.
These greenhouse gases, sometimes commonly known as freon in some forms, is refrigerant that was eliminated from use in manufacturing processes in the US due to the potent issues with it. Namely, when it leaks into the atmosphere, it has up to 10,000 times the warming effect of regular CO2.
The problem NPR’S Planet Money highlights is that there are still tanks full of these harmful gases in garages, sheds, mechanic shops and farms all over the country – but the tanks they’re in are beginning to rust. Which is a massive problem.
Check out the podcast to learn how Tradewater, selling the carbon credits created from destroying the gases on California’s cap and trade program, is able to collect these tanks. And sometimes in a less than direct manner.
Feature image source: Tradewater via NPR