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Could the history of cooling help us understand global warming?

Jul 7, 2021
Air conditioning makes individuals cooler, but the planet hotter. Writer Eric Dean Wilson explores that paradox in his new book.
Workers install an air conditioning unit in a food stall in Shanghai in 2013. In a new book called "After Cooling," writer Eric Dean Wilson wrestles with the societal costs of individual air conditioning.
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Extreme heat, urgent need for AC challenges infrastructure

Jun 28, 2021
Nonprofit Climate Central estimates that home air conditioning use will increase almost 60% over the next 30 years.
A heat wave is scorching the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, only about 44% of homes have air conditioning.
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The battle of the thermostat is really a battle of the sexes

Aug 29, 2018
We've got your comments on the workplace air conditioning wars.
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Steel tariffs add upward pressure to HVAC costs

Aug 16, 2018
Texas residents struggle with heat and rising air-conditioning expenses.
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Tech IRL: A smart way to stay cool

Aug 29, 2014
This week, a new app promises to control the air conditioning remotely.

A Venezuelan airport is charging for air. Yes, air.

Jul 11, 2014
The international airport in Caracas, Venezuela, is now charging for air.

A hot job? A/C repair during a heat wave

Jul 2, 2013
The heat continues to bear down on the Southwest United States. One business that is booming: air conditioner repair.

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Are you for or against air conditioning?

Aug 3, 2012
Listeners told us their passionate opinions on air conditioning.
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Why some people have cooled off of air conditioning

Aug 1, 2012
A look at the bigger societal implications of air conditioning and why some Americans are against it.