Gallery: Are Air Conditioning Units A Climate Change Catch-22?

 

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In countries such as India and China, where the summers can get particularly hot, a rapidly growing middle class has seen sales of air-conditioning units grow by an enormous 20% each year. However a team of scientists from organizations which include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations has calculated that the new cooling units entering the world market could be responsible for up to 27% of all global warming by 2050. In what is a bitter twist of irony, it seems that in order to keep cool on an ever-warming planet, we might just be making things worse.

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