Cooling: the latest climate hobgoblin?

Posted: October 20, 2020 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, Emissions, research, Temperature
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Another day, another scare. The claim this time is that the increasing demand for electrically driven cooling — air con, powered fans etc. — will drive up the dreaded ’emissions’, leading to untold future discomfort one way or another.
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Past research suggests growing international demand for cooling has the potential to drive one of the most substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions in recent history, says Phys.org.

A new study, led by the University of Oxford and published today in Nature Sustainability, sets out a framework for delivering sustainable cooling.

It also examines cooling needs in the context of sustainable development, and finds that this is a global blind spot.

“Cooling is essential to human well-being and health, from the food we eat, to the storage of medicine, to how comfortable and productive we are at home, school or the office,” says Dr. Radhika Khosla, senior researcher at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and principal investigator of the Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Cooling.

But, Dr. Khosla says, “The global community must commit to sustainable cooling, or risk locking the world into a deadly feedback loop, where demand for cooling energy drives further greenhouse gas emissions and results in even more global warming.”

The scale of the challenge is immense. Records show September 2020 was the warmest month on record and, under current projections, three-quarters of humanity faces health risks from deadly heat.

Research from the International Energy Agency has shown that the energy needed for space cooling alone is projected to triple by 2050—the equivalent of adding 10 new air conditioners every second for the next 30 years. This would require additional electricity generation similar to that of the US, the EU and Japan combined.

Today’s analysis finds the unprecedented rise in demand and the potential benefits of sustainable cooling are critical blind spots in sustainability debates.

It finds cooling is not mentioned in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or in its 169 targets.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. tom0mason says:

    But, Dr. Khosla says, “The global community must commit to sustainable cooling, or risk locking the world into a deadly feedback loop, where demand for cooling energy drives further greenhouse gas emissions and results in even more global warming.”

    The global community — whoever they are — would be idiots to prostrate themselves on the altar of “sustainability”, while reciting the prayers for mayhem from the ‘UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, and all for some unproven and spurious tommy-rot called ‘global warming’

    Dr. Radhika Khosla appears to be educated beyond his ability to understand that the evidence shows that nature, not humans, controls the weather and the climate.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Well I need cooling. Garbage like that makes me hot under the collar!

    Why will we need lots more air-conditioning? Increasing population? Increase in personal wealth? Can’t be the latter as Green policies are aimed at reducing wealth. Nor the first as certain Green loonies want to eliminate a few billions.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Forbid charging electric cars. That should free up enough electricity to cover cooling. Sustainably.

  4. Stephen Richards says:

    Whoa lads. Here comes another salary bandwagon. All aboard

  5. cognog2 says:

    ‘Sustainability’ is the default word for hiding ignorance.

  6. JB says:

    “three-quarters of humanity faces health risks from deadly heat.”

    What happens to the other ¼? Are they just going to be hot, or dead? The latter ought to appease the elite Utopianists.

    The only heat problem I ever had was not frying from UV while shedding garb. A more dormant sun the last two years has significantly ameliorated my summer problem. It remains to be seen how much methane we’ll need to burn off to keep our tailpipes warm this winter.

    I guess they have to harmonize the prognostications of extreme cold a half century back with “projected tripling of cooling” demand.

    FB, this. The first time in thousands of years the climate is relatively constant, where living things are not freezing their arses off in temperatures far colder than humanity can remember.

  7. oldbrew says:

    This would require additional electricity generation similar to that of the US, the EU and Japan combined.
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    Then there are the millions of BEVs they want to bring in to replace fuel-powered vehicles. Is there room in the sky for any more of this pie?

  8. ivan says:

    So far no one has come up with a reliable definition of ‘sustainable development’, therefore who knows what they are waffling on about.

    At the moment it sounds like more ‘pie in the sky’ as an extended money trough for some ‘scientists’ and nothing to do with climate or the environment or even the minuscule amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    September may have been the warmest September ever but did anybody anywhere suffer?

  10. oldbrew says:

    Air con is not normally found in UK homes…

    No warming in the UK?
    Date: 20/10/20 Andrew Montford, GWPF

    So it would be fair to say that there has been no warming at all in the Central England Temperature Record for 30 years. Thirty years! This is rather remarkable in my opinion. We are supposed to be in a climate emergency, you know.

    But temperatures haven’t changed since I was a student.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/no-warming-in-the-uk/
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    Apart from 2 or 3 strong El Ninos in that period, nothing much to report.

  11. hunterson7 says:

    The age on Monty Pythonesque levels of circular magical thinking is well underway.

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