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Climate Change

A new kind of cool: Can 'slow fans' help Indonesia beat the heat?

HVLS manufacturers hope to steer consumers away from air conditioners

Black Sand Brewery in Bali has introduced HVLS fans to keep its patrons cool. (Photo by Ian Lloyd Neubauer) 

JAKARTA -- Already a sweltering place to live with an average high of 31 C, Indonesia is set to get even hotter as global temperatures rise. The World Bank warns thermometer readings will climb by up to 0.3 C each decade, gradually turning up the heat on one of the world's biggest populations. 

An obvious solution is more air conditioners. But the conundrum is that while they cool people down, the carbon-emitting devices also stoke global warming, which increases demand for air conditioning and piles more pressure on the climate.

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