Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)

Read [Stan Cox Book] # Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer) Online * PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free. Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer) Though it saves lives in heat waves, air-conditioning may also be altering our bodies’ sensitivity to heat; our rates of infection, allergy, asthma, and obesity; and even our sex drive. Now the entire affluent world is adopting the technology. Air-conditioning has eroded social bonds and thwarted childhood adventure; it has transformed the ways we eat, sleep, travel, work, buy, relax, vote, and make both love and war. Reporting from some of the world’s hot zonesfrom Phoenix, Arizona,

Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)

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Rating : 4.79 (919 Votes)
Asin : 1595584897
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
Publish Date : 2015-08-16
Language : English

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All rights reserved. Cox reveals some surprising information as he explores air conditioning as a potential spreader of contagions—of asthma and allergies and possibly even sexual dysfunctions. In addition, he provides a list of changes that will help: reducing indoor heat, using fans, utilizing cool roofs, and increasing vegetation. He offers a reality check to proposed solutions that have fatal flaws (and may be worse than the problems they attempt to solve) including dematerialization, improved AC energy efficiency, and clean energy options. Well-written, thoroughly researched, with a tr

Though it saves lives in heat waves, air-conditioning may also be altering our bodies’ sensitivity to heat; our rates of infection, allergy, asthma, and obesity; and even our sex drive. Now the entire affluent world is adopting the technology. Air-conditioning has eroded social bonds and thwarted childhood adventure; it has transformed the ways we eat, sleep, travel, work, buy, relax, vote, and make both love and war. Reporting from some of the world’s hot zonesfrom Phoenix, Arizona, and Naples, Florida, to southern IndiaCox documents the surprising ways in which air-conditioning changes human experience: giving a boost to the global warming that it is designed to help us endure, providing a potent commercial stimulant, making possible an impossible commuter economy, and altering migration patterns (air-conditioning has helped alter the political hue of the United States by enabling a population boom in the red-state Sun Belt).While the book proves that the planet’s atmosphere cannot sustain even our current use of air-conditioning, it also makes a much more positive argument that loosening our attachment to refrigerated air could bring benefits to humans and the planet that go well beyond averting a climate crisis. In America, energy consumed by home air-conditioning, and the resulting greenhouse emissions, have doubled in just over a decade, and energy to cool retail stores has ri

thoughtful and well-researched Kathleen L. As with anything I have read by this author, this book is well-written, well-researched, deeply thoughtful, and far-seeing. This book does an excellent job of laying out and critically engaging with the otherwise hidden or unconsidered detrimental social, political, and environmental ramifications of air conditioning. The book is revelatory in showing how a/c, in a . "A remarkable take on our limited world view." according to Greg Cox. Losing our Cool does a remarkable job describing our limited world view through the lens of air conditioning. At a time when we are being called to (and often stubbornly refusing to) look at the balance of convenience and comfort versus long term destruction this book provides a wonderful lens through which to view this problem.The paradox of air conditioning is a g. "Valuable Perspectives" according to Freethinker. This is a masterful discussion of a surprisingly neglected subject. Apparently air conditioning is now so overwhelmingly present in America, especially in Sunbelt States like Arizona and Florida, that everyone simply takes it for granted as a necessity. Yet Stan Cox quickly demonstrates that the Hohokam people who lived for centuries in the vicinity of Phoenix built

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