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Limiting CO2 not enough, EU says

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BRUSSELS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Focusing closely on carbon dioxide emissions isn't enough to control the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, members of the European Parliament said.

European lawmakers said tougher measures against emissions of fluorinated gases are needed to supplement climate policy targeting carbon dioxide. Theodoros Skylakakis, a European lawmaker from Greece, said current regulation "has fallen far short of expectations."

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Lawmakers said the European government needs to have proposals that target reductions in emissions of hydrofluorocarbons and phase out the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer opened for signature in 1987. It calls for the gradual elimination of chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons that are tied to ozone depletion.

A high level of ozone depletion means more harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun reaches the Earth's surface. This can lead to increased rates of cancer in people and damage to plants.

European lawmakers added that more work was needed to reduce emissions tied to soot through stricter testing of car emissions.

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