Global warming G-20 agreement: United States and China to stop using hydrofluorocarbons in refridgerators.

Why Our Refrigerators Will Soon Be Less Bad for the Atmosphere

Why Our Refrigerators Will Soon Be Less Bad for the Atmosphere

A journalistic collaboration on climate change.
Sept. 16 2013 4:02 PM

Your Refrigerator Is Heating the Atmosphere

But a little-known accord struck at the G2-0 summit may soon change that.

Poltergeist fridge.
Poltergeist fridge.

Illustration by Slate; Photo by Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock

The G-20 summit in St. Petersburg was dominated by disagreements about Syria. But leaders were also busy agreeing on something they rarely find common ground on: climate change. Thirty-five nations and the European Union decided to curb hydrofluorocarbons, a set of powerful heat-trapping gases used in refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pumps, and insulation.

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