The Role of Air Conditioning in the Green World

August 7, 2012

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Listen to the Diane Rehm Show about the environmental impacts of air-conditioner usage over the last hundred years.

 The Diane Rehm Show - The Growing Demand For Air Conditioning

Diane Rehm and guests Durwood Zaelke (president for the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development); Steve Yurek (president of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute);  Stan Cox (senior scientist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and author of “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World.”) ; and Elisabeth Rosenthal (international environment reporter for The New York Times) address a number of important issues related to our reliance on this very convenient appliance.

Since its invention a hundred years ago, air conditioning has provided comfort and relief from the heat while allowing industry and commerce to survive and flourish in a variety of hot climates. Now there is strong evidence that air conditioners may be contributing to the warming of our planet. While the U.S. uses more air conditioners than any other country, places like China and India are getting addicted to this continent appliance at an ever greater pace.

Diane and her guests discuss the role of air conditioning in our greater environmental awareness and new ways to cool while using green and sustainable energy.

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