Air conditioning to spur climate change

Greenhouse gases from chemicals used in refrigerants and air conditioning are set to be a bigger than expected spur of climate change by 2050, Reuters reported scientists as saying. In the worst case, use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) could surge to cause global warming in 2050 equivalent to the impact of between 28-45% of emissions of carbon dioxide, the main heat trapping gas from burning fossil fuels. “HFCs present a significant threat to the world’s efforts to stabilize climate emissions,” Guus Velders, the lead author at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, said of the findings by a team of Dutch and US scientists.

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