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Use of air conditioning set to soar worldwide

Study warns of global warming as demand increases with rising incomes around the world

Researchers note that sales of air conditioners worldwide have already "exploded" in recent years, with China buying up 64 million units in 2013, more than eight times the number sold in the United States.


THE use of air conditioning may rise dramatically by the end of the century, requiring far more electricity and sending pollutants into the atmosphere at unprecedented rates, researchers warned on Monday.

Refrigerators and air conditioners release hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs),