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air conditioning: environmental loss, human win

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Air conditioning: Environmental loss, human win

Paul Stainier

With a warming climate, a key win-lose solution is air conditioning. In hotter conditions, workplace productivity suffers, students learn less, and mortality rates are higher. Fortunately, we have a way to avoid the worst of these effects: AC prevents around 3,000 premature deaths a year in the US. Win. But energy-intensive American AC usage also…

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