26 Apr '11, 10pm

When Refrigerators Warm the Planet

The kitchen refrigerator is an obvious contributor to global warming because it usually sucks in electricity that was made by burning fossil fuels. But it turns out that the refrigerator does harm to the environment before it is even plugged in because the insulating foam in its innards is made with a gas that is more than 1,000 times worse, molecule for molecule, than carbon dioxide. General Electric GE’s first HFC-free model. Now, however, manufacturers are seizing on a single change can reduce both warming mechanisms at once. General Electric said Tuesday that it had become the first American manufacturer of a full line of refrigerators to take that step, which is to eliminate a gas called HFC 134a, a so-called blowing agent. The blowing agent is used to whip the foam into a frothy milkshake-like mix and move it into the doors and walls of their machines, where it harde...

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