Temperature spikes like this – and warming trends in general – don’t just spark discussion over climate change. They also cause many of us to flip on the air conditioner, says Evelyn Allen, co-founder and CEO of Evercloak. And that’s a problem.
“Building cooling is this vicious cycle where it only makes the world hotter, and the hotter the world gets, the more air conditioning we use,” she says. “As more and more people are entering the middle class and the populations are growing, more and more people are buying air conditioners.”