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    U.S. Navy sailors operate onboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Adriatic Sea, off Split, Croatia February 14, 2022.Milan Sabic | Reuters The U.S. Navy on Tuesday unveiled a climate action plan focused on installing cybersecure microgrids, boosting its supply of lithium batteries, and slashing the service's planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. The Navy's strategy, a response to President Joe Biden's executive order calling on federal agencies to develop plans to adapt to climate change, directs the service to achieve a 65% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan comes after the U.S. Army in February unveiled its first climate strategy, which mostly focused on protecting and training soldiers amid worsening climate disasters such as floods and heat waves. The Department of Defense warned last year that climate change poses a critical threat to U.S. military operations, and that more frequent and intense extreme weather events has already cost the department billions of dollars. For instance, a Defense Department review last month discovered that the Marine Corps training grounds on Parris Island in...
    The steel industry is working on cutting its massive carbon footprint by testing new technologies that don’t require fossil fuels. Source: engineeringdotcom/Youtube Boston Metal, a steel company, is hoping to reshape the way that we produce steel. They are testing using electricity to separate iron from its ore, reported Mother Jones. The firm thinks that this could be a practical way to produce steel without releasing carbon dioxide in the process. “Boston Metal has developed a game-changing electrolysis process for making steel. Electrolysis is an electro-chemical process that uses direct electric current to separate chemical compounds into their constituent parts,” according to the company’s website. Although it’s something we don’t often think about, the steel industry is a huge driver of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2021, 1.95 billion metric tons of crude steel were produced around the world. Steelmaking accounts for 7-11 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions according to Global Efficiency Intelligence. By 2050 steel use is expected to increase by around 20 percent to meet the needs of our growing population. This has prompted companies and...
    BERLIN (AP) — A U.N.-backed panel will release a highly anticipated scientific report Monday on international efforts to curb climate change before global temperatures reach dangerous levels. Reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are considered the most authoritative assessments of the state of global warming, its impacts and the measures being taken to tackle it. Negotiations between governments and scientists to finalize the summary for policymakers dragged on past the original deadline until late Sunday, pushing back the planned publication by several hours. Governments agreed in the 2015 Paris accord to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) this century. But with temperatures already more than 1.1C higher than the pre-industrial baseline, many experts say that’s only possible with drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. The cut-off point for data in the report was last fall, meaning that the impact of the war in Ukraine wasn’t included by the authors. Rouven Stubbe, an analyst at the consultancy Berlin Economics who wasn’t involved in the report, said there is a risk that the geopolitical and economic turmoil...
    Pet owners concerned about the environment are switching to meals made from crickets, mealworms and black soldier flies, according to reports. The move is designed to reduce the overall environmental impact household pets have on the planet, as insect farms have a lower carbon footprint than livestock. Pets are able to thrive on a diet of insects, as they are rich in protein, according to a report in the Guardian, that says they are also high in fats, oils and minerals. It's estimated that by 2030 the insect-pet-food market will increase 50-fold over current levels, producing more than half a million tonnes per year.  Experts recommend owners transitioning to an insect diet do so slowly, as pets can be sensitive to sudden diet changes. The move is designed to reduce the overall environmental impact household pets have on the planet, as insect farms have a lower carbon footprint than livestock. Stock image INSECT PROTEIN TO 'COME OF AGE' IN THE NEXT DECADEAccording to RaboResearch, demand for insect protein as animal feed and a pet food ingredient, will reach half a...
    DAVIS (AP) — Banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won’t have a place in California trashcans under the nation’s largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program that’s set to take effect in January. The effort is designed to keep landfills in the most populous U.S. state clear of food waste that damages the atmosphere as it decays. When food scraps and other organic materials break down they emit methane, a greenhouse gas more potent and damaging in the short-term than carbon emissions from fossil fuels. READ MORE: Atmospheric River Gaining Intensity In Pacific; 'Multiple Waves Of Heavy Snowfall' Predicted In SierraTo avoid those emissions, California plans to start converting residents’ food waste into compost or energy, becoming the second state in the U.S. to do so after Vermont launched a similar program last year. Most people in California will be required to toss excess food into green waste bins rather than the trash. Municipalities will then turn the food waste into compost or use it to create biogas, an energy source that is similar to natural gas. “This is...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Noxious gas lawn mowers will soon join VCRs, rotary phones, and typewriters as bygone relics of the modern California home. California is officially making the switch to electric mowers in 2022 after banning the gas type in an effort to curb emissions. The switch won’t happen immediately, but as of 2024, only electric mowers will be available for purchase in California, making it the first state in the nation to ban such sales in the fight against climate change. READ MORE: Woman Escapes From Police Car In Oxnard, Later CapturedThe California Air Resources Board pushed for the change, noting that residential and lawn gardening equipment make up more than 12.6 million of the small-off-road engines at or below 19 kilowatts in the state. The emissions from such engines is significant – the board says that an hour of lawn mower use is the equivalent of driving 300 miles from LA to Las Vegas, while using a leaf blower is even worse – an hour is equivalent to the emissions from driving 1,100 miles from LA to...
    By Frank Jordans | Associated Press BERLIN — The head of the United Nations says a “leadership gap” is undermining the world’s efforts to curb global warming, days before presidents and prime ministers from around the globe gather for a climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters Tuesday that time is running out to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the goals of the 2015 Paris accord to avert global warming that he said could become “an existential threat to humanity.” “The clock is ticking,” he said in New York at the presentation of a U.N. report highlighting the difference between what scientists say is needed and what countries are doing to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas being pumped into the atmosphere. “This is a moment of truth.” “The emissions gap is the result of a leadership gap,” Guterres said. “But leaders can still make this a turning point to a greener future instead of a tipping point to climate catastrophe. ” The new report by the U.N. Environment Programme found fresh pledges by governments...
    by Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada The time has come for Canada and other rich nations to pony-up and pay for the devastation they have caused countries in the Global South. That means, for a start, providing far greater climate adaptation financing to low-income countries and plugging the holes that siphon their limited fiscal resources to tax havens. Two Canadians have prominent roles at the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. United Nations Ambassador Bob Rae, is co-chair of the COP26 finance panel, and Mark Carney is the UN special envoy for COP26, responsible for getting financial institutions to join the new Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero. They are experienced and highly respected individuals with solid reputations as mediators. However, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent climate plan, Canada's record on greenhouse gas emissions reduction has been abysmal. Furthermore, its failure to meet its climate finance commitments to developing countries will not be viewed favourably as Ambassador Rae attempts to negotiate a meaningful international climate agreement. The UN says more than 160 financial firms are signed onto the alliance....
    GENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations called Thursday for “immediate, rapid and large-scale” cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming and avert climate disaster. Ahead of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting next week, Antonio Guterres warned governments that climate change is proceeding faster than predicted and fossil fuel emissions have already bounced back from a pandemic dip. Speaking at the launch of a U.N.-backed report summarizing current efforts to tackle climate change, Guterres said recent extreme weather — from Hurricane Ida in the United States to floods in western Europe and the deadly heatwave in the Pacific Northwest — showed no country is safe from climate-related disasters. “These changes are just the beginning of worse to come,” he said, appealing to governments to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord. “Unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, we will be unable to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit),” said Guterres. “The consequences will be catastrophic.” In their report, titled United in Science 21,...
    Nearly every nation is coming up short — most of them far short — in their efforts to fight climate change, and the world is unlikely to hold warming to the internationally agreed-upon limit, according to a new scientific report. Only one nation — tiny The Gambia in Africa — is on track to cut emissions and undertake its share of actions to keep the world from exceeding the Paris agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming since pre-industrial times, the report said. Only one industrialized nation — the United Kingdom — is even close to doing what it should to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases and finance clean energy for poorer nations, the Climate Action Tracker reported Wednesday. In May, after U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate summit, enough nations had promised big enough carbon pollution cuts that the tracker said the “emissions gap” — the difference between emissions projections with pledges and what’s required to meet the 1.5 degree goal — dropped 11%. “That momentum has not been maintained,” said...
      On August 5th, President Biden signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop new fuel economy standards for the 2027-2030 model years. The document also proclaimed his goal to make 50% of new passenger cars and trucks “zero-emission vehicles” by 2030. The signing of the document coincided with the release of new proposals from the EPA and the NHTSA that would begin aggressively increasing the stringency of corporate average fuel economy standards from 2023 to 2026. The new rules for 2023-2026 are designed to reverse the rollbacks of the Trump Administration, restoring overall regulatory stringency to roughly the level that was established under President Obama. If all goes as expected, Trump’s lenient “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Rule” will only apply during the 2021 and 2022 model years and California will retain the legal authority to enforce stricter auto emission regulations along with its coalition of fourteen other environmentally progressive states. For folks concerned about greenhouse gases, these developments can only be seen as steps in the right direction. The...
    More On: europe Leading German PM candidate seen laughing during visit to flood scene France bans crushing and gassing of male chicks from 2022 More than 1,300 people unaccounted for after major flooding across Europe At least 42 dead and dozens missing as floods ravage Germany BRUSSELS — Just as the European Union was announcing plans to spend billions of euros to contain climate change, massive clouds gathered over Germany and nearby nations to unleash an unprecedented storm that left death and destruction in its wake. Despite ample warnings, politicians and weather forecasters were shocked at the ferocity of the precipitation that caused flash flooding that claimed more than 150 lives this week in the lush rolling hills of Western Europe. Climate scientists say the link between extreme weather and global warming is unmistakable and the urgency to do something about climate change undeniable. Scientists can’t yet say for sure whether climate change caused the flooding, but they insist that it certainly exacerbates the extreme weather that has been on show from the western U.S. and Canada to Siberia to Europe’s...
    China launched the world’s largest carbon-trading system on Friday in a step toward ratcheting up its fight against climate change, but it’s unlikely to help the top-polluting nation reduce its emissions in the near future. China’s long-planned emissions trading program is almost three times bigger than the second-largest, the European Union’s system that first launched in 2005. CHINA NOW EMITS MORE THAN THE REST OF DEVELOPED WORLD COMBINED: CHART But China is initially limiting its scheme to involve only 2,225 of its own companies in the power sector. Critics say the carbon price is not high enough, a fraction of the rate of Europe’s, to compel emissions reductions. “Along the margins, it could make some difference. The general idea is it will slow down the increase in China’s emissions in the power sector, but not stop and cut anytime soon,” said George David Banks, an international climate adviser to former President Donald Trump who is now a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Chinese officials say the carbon market will help Beijing begin reducing its emissions before 2030 toward the...
    The Biden administration will establish performance standards for federal buildings aimed at shrinking their carbon footprint, the White House announced Monday. Top administration officials, including national climate adviser Gina McCarthy, Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Brenda Mallory, and the leaders of the Energy Department, General Services Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency, announced the new push at a summit focused on building decarbonization. BIDEN STARTING FROM ALMOST ZERO IN EFFORT TO TURN THE FEDERAL FLEET ELECTRIC The administration is also setting new energy conservation standards under the ENERGY STAR program to support heat pump technology and fast chargers for electric cars. The new standards could save 255 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year if all heat pumps, central air conditioners, and electric water heaters sold in the United States met them, according to a White House fact sheet. In addition, the Energy Department said it will invest $30 million in workforce training to support the construction and retrofitting of more efficient, lower-emitting buildings, including the electrification of building heating and appliances. The new efforts are part of the administration’s...
    LOS ANGELES -- Southern California air quality regulators on Friday approved a rule that would curb diesel emissions from thousands of trucks that ferry goods from the growing number of massive warehouses in the region run by Amazon and other companies.Areas around the facilities have weathered increased pollution affecting their largely minority communities.The so-called warehouse rule was approved 9-4 by the South Coast Air Quality Management District board.It institutes a points-based system requiring about 3,000 distribution centers to choose from a menu of options to reduce or offset emissions. Those could include choices such as replacing diesel trucks and other equipment with electric models, putting in rooftop solar panels or installing air filters at nearby schools or day care centers."Warehouse operators could prepare and implement a custom plan specific to their site, or they could pay a mitigation fee," the proposal read. The fees would go toward funding similar air quality improvements in surrounding neighborhoods.South Coast district officials said they acted in order to meet federal smog-reduction deadlines in 2023 and 2031.The Air Quality Management District said in a socioeconomic...
    LOS ANGELES -- Southern California air quality regulators on Friday were considering a rule that would curb diesel emissions from thousands of trucks that ferry goods from the growing number of massive warehouses in the region run by Amazon and other companies. Areas around the facilities have weathered increased pollution affecting their largely minority communities.The so-called warehouse rule scheduled for a vote by the South Coast Air Quality Management District board would institute a points-based system requiring some 3,000 distribution centers to choose from a menu of options to reduce or offset emissions. It could include choices such as replacing diesel trucks and other equipment with electric models, putting in rooftop solar panels or installing air filters at nearby schools or day cares."Warehouse operators could prepare and implement a custom plan specific to their site, or they could pay a mitigation fee," according to the proposal before the board. The fees would go toward funding similar air quality improvements in surrounding neighborhoods.In lengthy virtual public comment, the board heard testimony ranging from impassioned supporters concerned about the health of their...
    U.S. President Joe Biden joins a CEO Summit on Semiconductor and Supply Chain Resilience via video conference from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on April 12, 2021 in Washington, DC.Amr Alfiky | Getty Images More than 300 businesses and investors have called on President Joe Biden to nearly double U.S. targets to reduce planet-warming emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. In a letter published on Tuesday, corporate leaders from companies like Google, Apple, Walmart and Unilever praised the Biden administration for re-joining the global Paris climate accord and aggressively addressing climate change. The push by executives of some of the country's largest companies to set a goal to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases by at least 50% — a target in line with what environmental groups want — comes ahead of the global leaders' climate summit the administration is hosting April 22. The Biden administration plans to unveil a stricter emissions target for the Paris accord on or before the summit of world leaders. The Obama administration set out to cut emissions up to...
    (Bloomberg) – China’s economy recovered strongly from the pandemic, supported by a cloud of greenhouse gas emissions. This raises questions about how the country will balance its new growth goals with those of climate change. Carbon dioxide emissions increased 4% in the second half of 2020, largely as a result of a recovery led by heavy industry that caused an increase in steel and cement production and a rebound in fossil fuel consumption in the country, according to the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). Beijing had the worst air quality in more than a year as its top leaders gathered in the capital for annual legislative meetings this month, prompting the local government to issue an alert for heavy air pollution. “It is an important reminder for China,” said Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. “It shows that some regions have not really made enough effort to reduce emissions. Highly polluting and energy intensive projects are still being approved and built ”. Efforts to hit a growth target of more than...
    The unit is housed inside a converted shipping container.RICE, Energy Safety Research Institute, Swansea University A subsidiary of multinational building materials firm HeidelbergCement is working with researchers from Swansea University to install and operate a green hydrogen demonstration unit at a site in the U.K. The collaboration represents another example of how firms involved in energy intensive processes are trying to find ways to maintain productivity whilst simultaneously reducing emissions. In a statement last week, Swansea University said the green hydrogen unit — which is housed inside a converted shipping container — had been installed at Hanson UK's Regen GGBS plant in the town of Port Talbot, south Wales. The term GGBS refers to ground granulated blast furnace slag, which can be used instead of cement when producing concrete. The effect of cement production on the environment is considerable. According to a 2018 report from U.K. think tank Chatham House, over 4 billion metric tons of cement are produced annually. This, the policy institute said, amounted to roughly 8% of global CO2 emissions. While it may have a lower carbon...
    As physicians, the past year’s challenges of COVID-19 and poor air quality from wildfires have focused our attention on the health of our lungs. Unfortunately, according to the American Lung Association, the Bay Area experiences the fifth highest year-round levels of air pollution in the entire nation, and that’s before you add in the extra burden of pollution from our annual wildfires. However, there is hope for addressing one source of local air pollution, particulate emissions from refineries. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is considering a stricter regulation that would require local oil refineries to upgrade their facilities with the best current technology. This technology would remove harmful particulate pollution from emissions to protect the communities living near these plants. Our lungs are particularly vulnerable to a type of air pollution called particulate matter, or PM 2.5. Vehicles, industrial sources, wood burning and refinery emissions are the major human-caused contributors to our dirty air. These tiny particles are less than 2.5 microns in size, 1/30th the width of a human hair, and penetrate deeply into our lungs and...
    The United Nations said Tuesday the humanitarian consequences of the “climate emergency” will be far worse unless “drastic efforts” are made to curb global emissions. In its message on Twitter Tuesday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), established to “strengthen the international response to complex emergencies and natural disasters,” links to a U.N. article insisting that climate change is not a distant vision of a troubled future but a reality of today. “Human-induced global warming has spurred a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years,” the article alleges. “At least 7,348 major disasters occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 million lives and affecting 4.2 billion people worldwide.” To justify its claim that global warming has caused a near doubling in natural disasters, the article links to a report from yet another U.N. office, which, unsurprisingly, never even makes that assertion. “In 2019, 34 million people globally were acutely food insecure due to climate extremes; weather-related hazards triggered some 24.9 million displacements in 140 countries,” the article continues. The unfolding climate emergency is...
    BERLIN (AP) — The International Energy Agency says oil and gas companies aren’t doing enough to reduce the release of methane, a potent source of planet-heating emissions, that is seeping out of pipelines and production plants. A report published Monday by the Paris-based organization found the estimated 10% drop in methane emissions from oil and gas companies last year was largely due to lower production amid a global decline in demand due to the pandemic. It warned that the amount of methane released into the atmosphere as part of the production process for fossil fuels could rebound again as economies recover, and called on countries and companies to do more to plug those leaks. While carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are the main source of greenhouse gases, methane contributes significantly to the problem as well because it is so much more effective than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere. The IEA said its Methane Tracker report suggests the oil and gas industry worldwide emitted more than 70 million metric tons of methane last year, equivalent...
    President-elect Joe Biden is promising to start implementing on day one the most aggressive policies to curb emissions of any administration. His administration is poised to get started quickly. Biden is bringing in a team of climate policymaking veterans, former Obama Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and former Secretary of State John Kerry, to run his White House climate shop. He has also been laying the groundwork for months to set an “all of government” strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions sharply. Environmentalists and those close to Biden’s team expect the president-elect will seek to codify his overall agenda in his first days, maybe even in his first few hours on the job. “I’m just hoping to hear on day one, or very, very early, signals about an urgent agenda to address neglected pollution problems, including, of course, climate change,” said David Doniger, senior strategic director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's climate and clean energy program. Biden has no shortage of ideas at his disposal, too. On the campaign trail, and even more since his election, climate advocates,...
    President-elect Joe Biden has picked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, a liberal favorite, to lead the Interior Department, the agency charged with overseeing the nation’s vast public lands, according to multiple reports. Haaland would be the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency. Biden chose Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, over retiring Sen. Tom Udall, also of New Mexico. Biden and Udall are longtime friends and the senator's father, Stewart, led the Interior Department in the 1960s. But environmentalists preferred Haaland, who is vice chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which supervises the Interior Department. She was just elected to her second term in the House. Democrats worried about shrinking their slim House majority by losing Haaland. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her blessing, helping seal the deal for Haaland. The Interior Department manages public lands that stretch nearly 20% of the U.S, while also working directly with the nation’s 578 federally recognized Native American tribes. Biden’s Interior secretary will likely be asked to implement one of his most aggressive campaign promises, banning...
    Farming groups, long hostile to policies that curb emissions, are seeking a spot at the table, rather than be on the menu, as President-elect Joe Biden eyes deep greenhouse gas cuts across the economy. Last month, for the first time, major farm lobbying groups in Washington, D.C., including the largely Republican and fierce regulation opponent American Farm Bureau Federation, joined with environmental groups, forestry groups, and state agriculture officials to unveil recommendations for policies to combat climate change. The coalition dubbed itself the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. Members of groups who helped develop the recommendations, led by the Farm Bureau, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, the National Farmers Union, and the Environmental Defense Fund, said they’ve already briefed Biden’s Agriculture Department transition team. Climate has been “something that’s been feared, in some cases just flat-out opposed, by American agriculture, and we just felt like we’ve crossed over a threshold where we need to be a participant at the table for positive things,” said Chuck Conner, president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and a co-chairman of...
    Since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, largely eliminating regulation of greenhouse gas emissions at the federal level, local leaders have found themselves at the helm of emissions mandates. More than 450 U.S. mayors have pledged to continue honoring the Paris Agreement. And more than 1,500 local governments have moved to develop climate action plans and global greenhouse gas reduction targets.[ COMMENTARY: Fighting Climate Change and Inequality ]Still, more needs to be done, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution that examines how the 100 largest cities in the U.S. are addressing emissions reductions. "Overall, the leadership of about half of America's larger cities stands as an important counter to federal drift," according to the report from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank. " With that said, more ambitious and rigorous efforts are needed in order to make the nation's 'bottom-up' climate commitments more effective."Cities With the Largest Carbon FootprintsView All 12 SlidesThe report assesses the greenhouse gas reduction pledges and commitments of the country's largest cities, tracks the emissions savings that could result from...
    NEW YORK CLIMATE WEEK: A coalition of major organisations has today announced the launch of a ground breaking one-stop-shop climate action platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to curb carbon emissions, build business resilience and gain competitive advantage. The SME Climate Hub — co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the We Mean Business coalition and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign — will launch at the 2020-edition of New York Climate Week. The SME Climate Hub is made possible by the We Mean Business coalition’s partnership with Amazon. Announced in June, a key part of the partnership is focused on mobilising supply chains, including SMEs, to take and scale-up measurable and direct action on climate change. LONDON, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The SME Climate Hub will encourage small and medium-sized companies to commit to halving greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 and reaching net-zero emissions before 2050. SMEs making this commitment — which will be globally recognized by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign — will be able to take advantage...
    Georgia mayors speak out against governors ban on face mask mandates 10 Things You Didnt Know About Fast Food Burgers As the world heats up, converting to energy-efficient cooling systems will curb greenhouse gas emissions A shift to energy-efficient air conditioning appliances could cut as much as 460 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next four decades, according to a new report from the U.N. Environment Programme and the International Energy Agency.  On the current warming trajectory, it's virtually certain that 2020 will be among the top hottest years in recorded history. The number of air conditioning units globally is expected to quadruple by 2050, from 3.6 billion to 14 billion by mid-century. © Provided by CNBC A woman in Glendale, Calif., uses an umbrella to hide from the sun on May 26, 2020. As the world heats up, converting to energy-efficient cooling systems is a major way to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change, according to a new report from the U.N. Environment Programme and the International Energy Agency.  Load Error ...
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