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Have we gotten carried away with air conditioning?




"Air Conditioning Heaven"
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It’s hard to imagine life without AC.

Most of us drive to work in our air conditioned cars, briefly endure the heat, then sit down at our desks in our temperature controlled offices and think nothing of it. But is all this air conditioning necessary?

Author Stan Cox of the book “Losing our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World,” looks at the impact of air conditioning and steps we can take to minimize its environmental costs.

For example, does it really make sense to have tie-and-jacket dress codes in sweltering climates? Or to construct buildings with windows that don’t open? Have we gotten carried away with this ubiquitous invention?

Guest:

Stan Cox, writer of "Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World" (The New Press, 2012)