via Todd Richmond
An interesting piece on Tech Crunch – a conversation with Eric Dean Wilson about his book “After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort.” The number of technology-driven changes over the past century or two are staggering, and the “cost of comfort” is a calculation that may become more pronounced. For AC, it was a combination of chemistry and engineering that drove the change. But comfort comes in many forms, especially if you link it with convenience. The increase in comfort and convenience has come for many in developed nations, much less in the rest of the world. While Wilson talks about both the technology and social change that have been part of the rise of air conditioned spaces, and then moves to the environmental impacts, the equity issues are another piece of the puzzle that often gets lost in a developed-world perspective.