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Definition:
Halocarbons containing chlorine and bromine are among the most
potent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They do not occur naturally but
are produced industrially in large quantities. The best known members of
this group of chemicals are the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) [see
definition], which are widely used as solvents, refrigerants, spray-can
propellants and foaming agents. Also significant are the halons,
bromine-based compounds used as fire-extinguishing agents.


Reference:
Maunder, W.J. 1994. Dictionary of Global Climate Change, 2nd ed. Chapman and
Hall, NY.