Articles | Volume 20, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 4787–4807, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 4787–4807, 2020
Research article
24 Apr 2020
Research article | 24 Apr 2020

Trends and emissions of six perfluorocarbons in the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere

Elise S. Droste et al.

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