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Short-lived halogens

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: DTE

 Context: A new study reveals that oceans play a crucial role in cooling the planet by releasing short-lived halogens, including chlorine, bromine, and iodine.

  • These halogens currently contribute 8-10% of cooling, a figure projected to increase to 18-31% by 2100.


About Short-lived halogens:

Short-lived halogens refer to chlorine, bromine, and iodine compounds that have a relatively short lifespan in the atmosphere, typically less than six months. These halogens play a role in the Earth’s climate system by contributing to cooling and warming effects.