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The Resource Losing our cool : uncomfortable truths about our air-conditioned world (and finding new ways to get through the summer), Stan Cox

Losing our cool : uncomfortable truths about our air-conditioned world (and finding new ways to get through the summer), Stan Cox

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Losing our cool : uncomfortable truths about our air-conditioned world (and finding new ways to get through the summer)
Title
Losing our cool
Title remainder
uncomfortable truths about our air-conditioned world (and finding new ways to get through the summer)
Statement of responsibility
Stan Cox
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "As corporatization of the world's water supply threatens our access to the most basic of our needs, the widespread use of air-conditioning puts our environment---and us---at risk. This book is the go-to source for a better understanding of the complexity of pumping cold air into a warming climate. Cox makes a strong case for pulling the plug on air-conditioning, and soon, if we want to ensure a more comfortable future."---Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and 2008 recipient of the Canadian Environment Awards Citation of Lifetime Achievement --
  • "Human beings lived for a very long time without air-conditioning. It's an open question, given our environmental predicament, how long we can live with it, and Stan Cox offers both some sobering facts and some interesting strategies for thinking through a big part of our energy dilemma."---Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet --
  • "Our desire for cool is warming our world, and it's a vicious cycle: more global heating, more need for cooling, which means more coal mined and burned, more coal-fired electricity, more air-conditioning, more planetary heating, and more need for cooling. Stan Cox is asking us to break this vicious cycle."---Dennis Dimick, executive editor, National Geographic Magazine --
  • "Sick Planet is a must-read for anyone concerned about matters of health and survival---that is, everyone."---Vandana Shiva --
  • "Cox's revelatory book is a Silent Spring for the twenty-first century."---Jeffrey St. Clair. --
  • In Losing Our Cool, the first book to probe the critical role that air-conditioning plays in contemporary life, Stan Cox shows that indoor climate control is colliding with an out-of-control outdoor climate. --
  • In the United States alone, energy consumed by home air-conditioning and the resulting greenhouse emissions have doubled in just over a decade; energy used to cool retail stores has risen by two-thirds. Air-conditioning is approaching 20 percent of year-round electricity consumption by U.S. homes, the highest percentage in history; Americans use as much electricity for air-conditioning as is currently consumed for all purposes by all 930 million residents of the continent of Africa. And six out of every seven gallons of diesel fuel U.S. forces haul into Iraq and Afghanistan are used to run air-conditioning. --
  • Reporting from some of the world's hot zones---from Arizona and Florida to Australia and India---Cox 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, enabling an otherwise impossible commuter economy, and altering migration patterns. Though it saves lives in heat waves, it may also be altering our bodies' sensitivity to heat; our rates of infection, allergy, asthma, and obesity; and even our sex lives. --
  • With less climate control and more contact with the real ecosphere, with neighbors opening windows and sitting on porches on a summer night, with children playing outside instead of inside overly chilled interior environments, we are likely to wind up healthier---physically, mentally, and socially. Losing Our Cool convincingly argues that by reintroducing traditional cooling methods and putting newer technologies into practice---and by moving beyond industrial definitions of comfort---we can make ourselves comfortable and keep the planet comfortable, too. --Book Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cox, Stan
Dewey number
306.46
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Global warming
  • Air conditioning
  • Chlorofluorocarbons
Label
Losing our cool : uncomfortable truths about our air-conditioned world (and finding new ways to get through the summer), Stan Cox
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-247) and index
Contents
"There's no power on earth that can stop it!" -- Making the weather -- The air-conditioned dream -- Going mobile -- The business climate -- surviving the great indoors -- India : where "A/C" means "VIP" -- Inconspicuous consumption -- Coming out of the cold
Control code
000045060773
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 255 p.
Isbn
9781595584892
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Losing our cool : uncomfortable truths about our air-conditioned world (and finding new ways to get through the summer), Stan Cox
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-247) and index
Contents
"There's no power on earth that can stop it!" -- Making the weather -- The air-conditioned dream -- Going mobile -- The business climate -- surviving the great indoors -- India : where "A/C" means "VIP" -- Inconspicuous consumption -- Coming out of the cold
Control code
000045060773
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 255 p.
Isbn
9781595584892
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Other physical details
ill.

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