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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