Rising demand for air conditioning could make climate change even worse

Sarah Wesseler recently wrote an article for Yale Climate Connections describing how the rising demand for air conditioning in developing countries such as India is both a cause and an effect of climate change.

Wesseler references the “Future of Cooling” report by the International Energy Agency, which describes this phenomenon as the “cold crunch,” a projected rise in residential air conditioning among developing economies such as India, Brazil, and Indonesia. The cold crunch will prove a critical issue because the demand for air conditioning is set to triple in the next thirty years, which in turn will increase pressure on existing power systems, drive up costs, and increase global climate temperatures by half a degree Celsius all on its own.

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