COOL: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned City

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August 11, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Urban History / Studies, Public Health, Popular Culture Studies

While “summer in the city” may conjure up images of sweaty subway cars, New York’s summer reality is actually a lot cooler than one may think. More and more electricity is being consumed for air-conditioning, and the resulting emissions will mean even higher outside temperatures as time goes on. Stan Cox is research coordinator at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He is author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World and three other books on the global ecological crisis. The most recent, written with Paul Cox, is How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe's Path, From the Caribbean to Siberia. A brief discussion and Q&A with Cecil Mark-Corbin, Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, to follow.

A book signing will follow the event.

Date:                     Thursday, August 11, 2016

Time:                     6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location:               The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Free; advance registration is required. To register for this event:

For more information about this and other upcoming history of medicine events in the New York area, see the calendar page of our blog, “Books, Health, and History”:

This event is the second program in "Fast, Cool & Convenient: Meeting New Yorkers’ High Demands," our free three-part talk series developed in collaboration with The Museum of the City of New York and supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Contact Info: 

Emily Miranker, MA
Team Administrator/Project Coordinator

212.822.7301 office

The New York Academy of Medicine

1216 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10029

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