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Lao People’s Democratic Republic clamps down on refrigerant smugglers

Many refrigerants are subject to strict regulations in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, as they are in other countries. Some are banned entirely. In the 1970s, scientists discovered certain refrigerants called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were destroying the ozone layer.  A global agreement, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, was forged to phase out these ozone-depleting substances. Replacements for CFCs, called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), are also now being phased out under the Protocol due to their extremely high global warming potential.  Read more.....



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