Air conditioning is the most obvious immediate response to the dangerous warming of the planet. It’s also making it worse.
Air conditioners use more electricity than any other appliance in the home. They consume 10% of global electricity (together with electric fans) and leak potent planet-warming gases into the atmosphere. On the hottest day of the year in some parts of the US and the Middle East, 70% of peak residential electricity demand is for cooling spaces.[…]
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