Living at the beach no longer means no air conditioning needed

Girls take a nap at Venice Beach on June 27th, 2013.
Girls take a nap at Venice Beach on June 27th, 2013.
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For years, people living on the coast of Southern California waved off the idea of air conditioning. Instead, they had open windows and cool sea breezes. But climate change is changing that, as extreme heat becomes more common. Now, coastal Southern Californians are buying air conditioners faster than people living inland or in the desert, according to data from the California Energy Commission.