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Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change
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Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change

The rising use of air conditioners increases temperature, aggravating climate change.

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Air conditioning is one of the most insidious challenges for climate change. The more the world warms, the more the need for cooling. But air conditioners raise temperatures and leak out potent greenhouse gases. There has hardly been any investment in improving the technology, which operates much as it did nearly a century ago.

By James TempleAs record-breaking heat waves baked Californians in August, the collective strain of millions of air conditioners forced the state’s grid operators to plunge hundreds of thousands of households into darkness.The rolling blackouts offered just a small hint of what’s likely to come in California and far beyond. Growing populations, rising incomes, increasing urbanization, and climbing summer temperatures could triple the number of
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