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Which greenhouse gas has the greatest heat-trapping ability per molecule?

This question is part of Environmental Science Quiz (HS - AP)
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Answered Dec 14, 2018

Chlorofluorocarbon has the greatest heat-trapping ability per molecule of the list of answers. Chlorofluorocarbons, which is also commonly referred to as CFCs, consist of three different things: chlorine, carbon, and fluorine.

Although you may have never heard of the term chlorofluorocarbon or the term CFCs before, you are probably familiar with Freon, which is a commonly used source of refrigeration or in cars. Many people recommend not using CFCs because their effects on the environment are very bad and difficult to correct after a long period of use.

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l.Steven

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Answered Jan 07, 2018

Chlorofluorocarbon has the greatest heat-trapping ability per molecule. Also referred to as CFCs, they are composed of carbon, fluorine, and chlorine. They are commonly referred to as Freon, which is the Dupont brand name. CFCs are commonly used as propellants, as refrigerants, and as different solvents to dissolve some solutes.

CFCs can cause the ozone depletion of the upper layer of the atmosphere hence the production of these compounds have been strictly controlled in accordance with the Montreal Protocol. Instead, they are being replaced by HFCs. They have a tetrahedral symmetry just as there is in the simple alkanes.

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John Adney

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Answered Feb 16, 2017

Carbohydrate
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John Smith

John Smith

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John Smith

Answered Jan 16, 2017

Chlorofluorocarbon
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