As records tumble across Europe in a second heatwave of the summer and as people across China and North America are also feeling the heat, we can literally sense how influential cooling is for our wellbeing, productivity and environment. With demand for cooling expected to soar in major developing economies as the world becomes warmer and hundreds of millions of people become able to afford their first air conditioner, unmanaged cooling growth could cause a surge in greenhouse gas emissions and hamper our ability to manage global warming. Yet solutions to this challenge do exist. Efficient and clean development of cooling can make a significant contribution towards respecting the 1.5C and 2C Paris temperature limits. Moreover, those limits can check the need for cooling, reducing the scale of the challenge it poses.
Carbon Brief 25th July 2019 read more »