India is suffering worsening heat waves … just when many Indians are beginning to be able to afford air conditioners. The problem: Affordable air conditioners use HFCs — chemicals that trap heat in the atmosphere and add to global warming. So the air conditioners that help Indians survive the heat make the heat worse.
The good news: In October, 170 nations — including India — signed an agreement to limit the use of HFCs. Some nations agreed to make the first cuts by 2019. India was given until 2028 to start reductions because of the need for air conditioners. By 2028, non-polluting air conditioners should be available.
Even better: Major chemical companies are jumping in to accelerate development of non-polluting coolants. Many experts think the target dates will be exceeded as the new air conditioners reach the market and compete to bring down prices.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy stated: “THE PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET ARE BRIGHT.”
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Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic
23 October 2016