ozone depleter

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Any of a group of chemicals that destroy ozone and attack the ozone layer in the stratosphere. Most are chemically stable compounds that contain chlorine or bromine, which remain unchanged long enough to drift up to the stratosphere. The best known are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), but others include halons (which are used in some fire extinguishers), methyl chloroform and carbon tetrachloride (solvents), some CFC substitutes, and the pesticide methyl bromide.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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