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2015-10-26. World set to use more energy for cooling than heating.

posted Oct 30, 2015, 9:38 PM by Alan Gould
By Jon Henley, The Guardian. For GSS Energy Use chapter 8. Excerpt: Rising demand for air conditioning and refrigeration threatens to make planet hotter and undermine pledges to rein in emissions. ...Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning alone is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100 as developing world incomes rise and urbanisation advances. Already, the US uses as much electricity to keep buildings cool as the whole of Africa uses on everything; China and India are fast catching up. By mid-century people will use more energy for cooling than heating. And since cold is still overwhelmingly produced by burning fossil fuels, emission targets agreed at next month’s international climate summit in Paris risk being blown away as governments and scientists struggle with a cruel climate-change irony: cooling makes the planet hotter....  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/26/cold-economy-cop21-global-warming-carbon-emissions