11 Jul '12, 3pm

The Air Conditioned Nightmare: China and India Like To Be Cool Too.

Air conditioners in Singapore/ Beggs /CC BY 2.0 Stan Cox, the author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways To Get Through the Summer) , looks at the implications of the spread of air conditioning across the developing world. He notes that while use of AC has doubled in America in a little over a decade, it is absolutely exploding in China and India. Consider this: The number of U.S. homes equipped with air conditioning rose from 64 to 100 million between 1993 and 2009, whereas 50 million air-conditioning units were sold in China in 2010 alone..... America’s century-long reign as the world cooling champion is coming to an end. And if global consumption for cooling grows as projected to 10 trillion kilowatt-hours per year — equal to half of the world’s entire electricity supply today — the climate forecast will be grim...

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