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Rise in air conditioning 'will drive up' climate change

As temperatures shatter records and as developing nations grow richer, demand for units will explode, writes John Vidal

John Vidal

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

‘Growth in air conditioning has been staggering. China is the sweet spot. Every single year,
60 million more units are being sold there...’ Photo: Getty Images/age fotostock RM
‘Growth in air conditioning has been staggering. China is the sweet spot. Every single year, 60 million more units are being sold there...’ Photo: Getty Images/age fotostock RM

Most of the world will have air conditioning in their homes, workplaces and cars within 20 years, requiring thousands of power stations to be built and potentially accelerating climate change, energy experts say.

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As temperatures shatter records worldwide in 2016, demand for the technology is exploding.

"Globally, 2016 is poised to be another record-breaking year for temperatures. This means more air conditioning. It is becoming an air-conditioned world," says Lucas Davis, an energy economist at the University of California in Berkeley.

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