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Chilling Facts About Air Conditioners

The heat is on. But before you crank up the A/C, some cold hard facts about the impact of air conditioning on the environment.

A Washington state man wheels his air conditioner out of storage during 100 degree temperatures in 2008. (AP)

It’s automatic now. Summertime moves in, and the A/C goes on in millions of American homes and workplaces. 

We don’t live in the heat. We chill. 

Meanwhile, outside, the planet’s getting hotter. We may not want to hear it, but my guest today says we’re deep into a collision course between air conditioning and the environment. 

We now spend far more energy on cooling than heating. And the rest of the world – India, China – has just begun to crank up the A/C. 

This Hour, On Point: as summer moves in, global A/C on high, and a call to look back to the open window, the porch, and the fan.

Guests:

Stan Cox,  a writer, scientist, and plant biologist who lives in Salina, Kansas. His book “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths about Our Air-Conditioned World,” will be published in June.

Alicia Silva, interior designer and architect at Synergy Design Studio in Seattle, Washington. She writes for the blog “Building Seattle Green” for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

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Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

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A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

 
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 image provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a young bear is rescued from drowning after eluding officials, at Lake Powell, Utah. (AP)

A big debate in the West over transferring Federal public lands to states. We’ll hear from both sides.

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The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

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Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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