Earth Report : Perfectly Cool
The search for the greenest way to stay cool.
Air conditioners are damaging the environment. One widely used coolant gas, HCFC, damages the ozone layer. With booming sales of domestic air conditioners around the world, the problem has grown in recent years, despite vigorous international efforts to reduce ozone depleting chemicals. Under the international agreement known as the Montreal Protocol, HCFC will be phased out worldwide by 2030. An ozone-friendly replacement gas HFC - is now used in Europe, but it is a potent greenhouse gas, which means it contributes to global warming. However an answer may be at hand. Earth Report travels to China, centre of the global air conditioning industry, to investigate the cost of starying cool. And to meet the industry representatives working on a solution - and Sa DingDing, a musician with extreme views on air conditioners.
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