The Cruel Irony Of Air Conditioning

The Cruel Irony Of Air Conditioning

Thanks to the University of Minnesota for sponsoring this video!
The technology we use to keep cool is heating the world in a vicious feedback cycle, so we need to improve it and use it less.

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Refrigerant – a substance used in air conditioners & refrigerators for its ability to change phases and transfer heat
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Script Writer & Video Narrator: Alex Reich
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