3M's phase-out casts a shadow over fluorocarbon chemicals

3M's decision to phase out production of some of its fluorocarbon based coatings and surfactants because of concerns over environmental persistence has placed an onus on competitors to offer reassurances on their own fluorocarbon products. Meanwhile, scientists have discovered a potent new greenhouse gas - a fluorocarbon with an atmospheric lifetime of around 1,000 years.

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