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Drawdown Ecochallenge: Managing Refrigerants

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Maren Schermer

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It turns out that the single most significant way to reduce CO2 emissions is to change the way we keep ourselves, and our food, cool.  That's according to Project Drawdown, an organization working to identify, research and model the top solutions to climate change. But what makes cooling such a significant contributor to a warming planet?  Refrigerators and air conditioners work by using chemicals to absorb and release heat, and while ozone-damaging CFCs and HCFCs have been largely phased out, their replacement -- HFCs -- are a climate change disaster, with a "1,000 to 9,000 times greater capacity to warm the atmosphere than carbon dioxide." 

But as the stories in this collection (see below) demonstrate, people around the world are coming up with diverse and innovative solutions for keeping things cool. From district energy systems in Malaysia and storing snow in Japan and Sweden, to a zero-energy brick and charcoal fruit cooler in Kenya, technologies exist around the world for sustainably maintaining cold.  

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Stories In This Collection (5)

Cool Ways of Keeping Things Cool

Cool Ways of Keeping Things Cool
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Introducing the cool way to keep fruits fresh

Introducing the cool way to keep fruits fresh
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Keeping it cool: Malaysia looks to district energy systems.

Keeping it cool: Malaysia looks to district ene...
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One overlooked way to fight climate change? Dispose of old CFCs.

One overlooked way to fight climate change? Dis...
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Stored Snow Makes A Great Alternative To Summer Air Conditioning

Stored Snow Makes A Great Alternative To Summer...
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