LONDON – European and U.S. regulatory bodies have agreed to cooperate to develop common testing and engineering standards for mobile air conditioning systems such as those used in automobiles. Because some of the gases employed in these systems, such as HFC 134a, are far more lethal to the environment than carbon dioxide, the European Union has agreed to start phasing them out in 2011 and stop using them in new autos from 2017. At a mobile air conditioning summit held in Austria last ...

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