With or Without Carbon Content The short answer is no, there is not. There is not any carbon in Nitrous Oxide (N2O) or many of the fluorinated gases such as Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) and Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3). The Most Potent Greenhouse Gases Even without any carbon molecules, they are far more potent of greenhouse gases than traditional Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and even Methane (CH4 ). We are talking multiples – Methane is 86 times more potent than CO2, and Nitrous Oxide is more than 3 times as potent as that. Fluorinated Gases are in the realm of 1000’s of times more potent than Carbon Dioxide, and they don’t break down naturally. What’s more disturbing, is how they are used. Nitrogen Trifluoride is used to cut silicon wafers for solar panels. It is almost 1800 times as potent as Carbon Dioxide and is growing in use. Typically, it just gets emitted in the manufacturing process because it is difficult to collect in factories. Only Solution a Carbon Tax? So why are proposed solutions called Carbon Taxes if much of the impact is from non-carbon emissions? While there is no clear answer, I will present my conclusion and solution in this article. … Continue reading Is Nitrous Oxide and Fluorinated Gas Carbon Based Greenhouse Gases?
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