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We need major air-conditioner innovation to keep us cool without warming the planet

17 Jul 2020

Building more efficient AC and refrigerators could prevent the equivalent of eight years of global emissions over the next four decades.

Climate change is causing our planet to get warmer and warmer, and as we all crank up our air conditioners in response to sweltering temperatures, we’re actually worsening global warming, paradoxically making it more hot as we try to stay cool. More ACs and refrigerators mean more greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere and more energy required to run them. And as more people in the developing world enter the middle class, they’re buying more air conditioners, exacerbating the problem even more.


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