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CNN: Air conditioning is bad for the planet. Time: Air Conditioning Will Not Save Us

A few days ago we observed an interesting debate about air conditioning equipment. Yes that's right. And on purpose of the image below (we don't know the source). Here are some comments:

  • “How does the air conditioning equipment work?”

  • "It cools inside but warms outside"

  • “Air conditioners and refrigerators work by thermal displacement. This means that your refrigerator is subtly heating the area around it, because it is shifting heat from the inside to the outside. Air conditioners work on the same principle, except that they displace and expel heat outside the house. So yes, this system is heating the area around the house, albeit to a negligible degree, as the heat is dispersed outdoors.”

  • “Law of thermodynamics: energy can neither be created nor destroyed" (by the way, as quoted by Lavoisier, which appears on our webpage

  • “Cold air does not "destroy" hot air. Can not. He moves it. It has to go somewhere.”

  • “If the AC is fully powered by the solar panels, the net effect will be zero. You are using energy that would become heat anyway.”

Anyway, very interesting. And to top it off, CNN and Time recently published about it.

On CNN a video (in English) with just under 3 minutes entitled “Air conditioning is bad for the planet. Here are some possible solutions.” Click here to watch.

And the other article in Time elaborates on our “fixation” with air conditioning, actually a “snowball”, and showing that air conditioning itself contributes significantly to global warming, with the use of powerful refrigerant gases, thousands of times more potent at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Its direct leakage into the atmosphere is responsible for about 3% of emissions in United States. Click here to read Time's article titled “Air Conditioning Won't Save Us”, which in addition to the environmental issue also shows a social perspective … that is, the E and S of ESG together …





“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty”

Madame Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) Chemist & physicist. French, born Polish.

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