The chemistry of air conditioning

It’s August. This is what keeps us from boiling to death:

This is important, because this happened last month:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday Earth sweated to its second hottest month since record-keeping began in 1880. At 61.89 degrees (16.63 Celsius), last month was behind July 2016’s all-time record by .09 degrees.

But Earth’s land temperatures in July were the hottest on record at 59.96 degrees (15.5 Celsius), passing July 2016’s by one-seventh of a degree.

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