Air Conditioning and Urban Climate Change Impacts

The Cost of Cool (New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Aug. 18, 2012)

The focus today is on the impact of global warming on the need for air conditioning and the impact of more air conditioning on climate change. The article reviewed notes that most of the world’s future mega cities are already in tropical or near tropical areas where they are under significant pressure from growing population, increased heat and a growing desire for more air conditioning. Air conditioning adds to the rate of climate change directly through the coolants and indirectly through the additional electricity generated from carbon fuels to accommodate them. It is not enough to simply for office workers to put up with more heat as each (Celsius) degree of warmth drops productivity by 2%. Yet another reason to take action globally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change in general.

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