Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

How to Destroy the Planet

By Eric Roston - 2012-04-20T12:50:43Z

Photograph by Alpha/Landov

Company Symbol % Change
15 of 18

Air Conditioning

THREAT: Rising incomes in developing nations are allowing millions of people in hot climates to afford air conditioners for the first time. That's driving up electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants, already high in countries such as the U.S., where more than half of households have air conditioners. A warming climate only encourages more demand.

REALITY: Increased emissions will make climate change worse, and runaway carbon-heavy power consumption in the developing world won't help. Powering AC with renewable fuels would help keep both us and the planet cool.

Read more energy & sustainability news.

Advertisement