On 9th April, OCCRP reported that EU’s tight regulations of greenhouse gases seem to have caused an eruption of criminal trade of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), synthetic chemicals hundreds of thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide and used in many common household products, according to a new report from a UK-based NGO. HFC gases are used in common appliances like refrigerators and air-conditioners, as well as in fire protection, aerosols and foams. Most of the HFC enters the EU from China or via Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Albania, according to the report. Investigators suspect common entry points and hotspots are located in Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland and Malta. The HFC are then dispersed throughout the EU, including via web-based platforms, including eBay, Facebook and even SMS texting.
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