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  • Is There a Connection between Coronavirus and Air Conditioning?

    07/26/2020 9:11:59 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 83 replies
    © 2020 National Review ^ | July 26, 2020 6:30 AM | By CARINE HAJJAR & LUTHER RAY ABEL
    summer temperatures forces southerners into their homes where the HVAC (Heat, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning) system could be recycling the airborne virus throughout homes, grocery stores, and office buildings. At an online event hosted by the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness, Harvard Medical School professor Edward Nardell noted that states using high levels of air conditioning in June due to “high temperatures” have experienced “greater increases in spread of COVID-19, suggesting more time indoors as temperatures rise.” This mimics the increase in illness that occurs in the winter when we spend “more time indoors.” Instead of pulling in hot and humid...
  • Does air conditioning spread the coronavirus?

    06/26/2020 4:33:48 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 24 replies
    nbc"news".com ^ | 6/26/20 | Akshay Syal
    COVID-19 cases are spiking across Southern and Western states just as rising summer temperatures are drawing people indoors to seek relief in the air conditioning. But can air conditioning facilitate the spread of the coronavirus? The question comes as states are allowing indoor businesses to reopen, as well as allow increasingly large gatherings of people. But concerns about air conditioning are making their way into reopening policies in some states. Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak “There’s some reports that malls, bars, certain social clubs with air conditioning, that air conditioning may not be cleansing the air of the virus,...
  • Air Conditioning Appears To Spread Coronavirus—But Opening Windows Could Stop It, Studies Suggest

    04/15/2020 9:53:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    Newsweak ^ | April 15, 2020 | KASHMIRA GANDER
    Opening windows in buildings, including our homes, may prevent the spread of the coronavirus, scientists believe Experts in health, the built environment and microbiology at the University of Oregon and the University of California, Davis, made the recommendations by reviewing existing studies on germs including SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19 disease). They also looked at data on other members of the large coronavirus family of bugs which trigger severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). They published their findings in the journal mSystems
  • Elizabeth Warren Releases $1.5 Trillion Plan to Combat 'Environmental Racism'

    10/10/2019 9:03:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/10/2019 | Leah Barkoukis
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren is taking Democratic efforts to combat climate change one step further, releasing a plan on Wednesday that would address “environmental racism.” The $1.5 trillion plan would more heavily invest in low-income and minority communities in the form of job-training programs and technologies. “Our crisis of environmental injustice is the result of decades of discrimination and environmental racism compounding in communities that have been overlooked for too long,” according to the new plan. “The same communities that have borne the brunt of industrial pollution are now on the front lines of climate change, often getting hit first and...
  • Set Your Air Conditioning to 78 Degrees During the Day, 82 Degrees at Night, Federal Agencies Recomm

    08/20/2019 2:08:56 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 124 replies
    fox40.com ^ | August 20, 2019 | TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE
    Full Title: Set Your Air Conditioning to 78 Degrees During the Day, 82 Degrees at Night, Federal Agencies Recommend Looking to beat the heat without breaking the bank? Energy Star, the federal program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, has some tips — but you might not like them.Energy Star recommends that, in order to reduce costs and energy usage, you should set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible through the summer.Specifically, they say you should set your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home.Spending the day out? Turn that thermostat up 7 degrees to 85.Then,...
  • Hang In There, Nuclear Winter Is Right Around the Corner

    07/21/2019 5:42:15 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 17 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 7-21-19 | MOTUS
    Here it is, July:And the country is plunged into a lot of hazy, hot and humid weather. I predict that August will bring more of the same.Summer in the northern hemisphere is often unbearable especially in the deep south and the concrete heat traps of urban centers. Or at least it was unbearable before Willis Carrier invented the air conditioner in July of 1902. Ironically it was invented not to make us more comfortable but rather to make us more productive. Carrier was called in to figure out how to allow a printing factory in Buffalo, NY to continue operations when...
  • Nolte: New York Times Wants Ban on ‘Sexist’ Air Conditioning

    07/09/2019 2:05:59 PM PDT · by detective · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Jul 2019 | John Nolte
    Air conditioning is a sexist and unnecessary luxury that’s killing the planet, according to the New York Times. This is what a Luddite looks like. This is what a backwards, anti-science, anti-progress, spoiled, imperialist, bullying bigot of a Luddite looks like. This, right here. You know, we always laugh at this whackery; we always dismiss it and write it off to left-wing lunacy that no sane country will ever allow … and then the next thing you know men are marrying men, mentally ill men in skirts are sharing restrooms with our daughters, and we’re all being forced to bake...
  • Could Air Conditioning Fix Climate Change?

    04/30/2019 9:16:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 30, 2019 | By Richard Conniff
    It is one of the great dilemmas of climate change: We take such comfort from air conditioning that worldwide energy consumption for that purpose has already tripled since 1990. It is on track to grow even faster through mid-century - and assuming fossil-fuel–fired power plants provide the electricity, that could cause enough carbon dioxide emissions to warm the planet by another deadly half-degree Celsius. A paper published Tuesday in the Nature Communications proposes a partial remedy: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (or HVAC) systems move a lot of air. They can replace the entire air volume in an office building...
  • Number of Hong Kong McDonald's 'McRefugees' sleeping in restaurants has skyrocketed

    08/07/2018 12:53:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2018 | Alexandra Deabler
    The number of non-homeless people sleeping in McDonald’s restaurants across Hong Kong in southeast China has increased six-fold over the past five years, a new study has found. The study, organized by Junior Chamber International’s Tai Ping Shan, was conducted in June and discovered that 334 people have slept in a McDonald’s restaurant nightly over the past three months — a six-fold increase from a study conducted in 2013, which showed only 57 people routinely slept in McDonald’s. According to the research, reported by South China Morning Post, 84 of 110 24-hour fast food branches had seen regular overnight sleepers....
  • America Has Built the Most Comfortable Civilization in the World

    10/21/2017 6:27:48 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/20/17 | Sara Hoyt
    I was talking to two friends in their twenties recently, about our travel experiences in foreign parts, and we circled around like an airplane looking for a landing place before we all agreed that foreign parts are all very well, but they’re not… comfortable. Now, sometimes it’s worth it to endure some discomfort in the name of travel — of seeing new places and broadening your horizons.  I put up with an awful lot of it when I was a kid, traveling by train across Europe.  It was worth it because I had stuff to see and places to go....
  • Charging an electric car vs AC

    09/08/2017 6:32:23 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    8 Sept 2017
    How much electricity is required to charge an electric car versus running an air conditioner. My county pushes electric cars big time but always blames AC for excessive power usage during a heat wave. While I am certain there are more AC units than electric cars, wouldn't unplugging a charging car make a significant contribution toward reduced energy usage during a crisis? What about electric heaters? Do they use as much as an AC?
  • Dealing with Extreme Hot Weather

    09/03/2017 2:11:56 PM PDT · by publius911 · 102 replies
    Myself | Sept 3, 2017 | Me
    How do you deal with extreme heat? I have zeroed in on a strategy that works very well for me. I am retired, on a limited budget, do not own a swimming pool; limited retirement income.I am also lucky to own a 41-year old house, with the originally installed ac/heating unit capable of maintaining a 33-degree differential between outside and inside temperature, apparently indefinitely. Limited only, so far, to the amount I am able to afford for pay for the energy. I do a minimum of work inside the house and keep the thermostat between 78-82, keep the large screen...
  • HVAC’s Future in a Trump-led Government

    01/23/2017 10:45:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News ^ | January 23, 2017 | Nicole Krawcke, Business Management Editor
    With President-elect Donald Trump now in office, the HVAC industry remains hopeful and optimistic about its future under a Republican-led government. Takeshi Ebisu, president and CEO, Goodman Mfg. Co., suggested a unified federal government was a good thing for the HVAC industry. “The federal government has been experiencing an extended period of gridlock where no major pro-business legislation has been passed or deregulation has occurred. It’s a good thing for the HVAC industry when you have a government that is action-oriented.” However, Ebisu also noted it was too early to tell how the new administration and Congress will impact the...
  • Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

    10/14/2016 10:26:17 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 15, 2016 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. -snip-While the Paris agreement included pledges by nearly every country to cut emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the fossil fuels that power vehicles, electric plants and factories, the new Kigali deal has a single target: chemical coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.-snip-And while the Paris pledges are broad, they are also voluntary, often vague and dependent on the political will of future world...
  • World Leaders Try to Ban Another Greenhouse Gas

    10/10/2016 12:49:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | Oct. 10, 2016 | Robynne Boyd
    Eliminating refrigerants known as HFCs could prevent a leap in global warming After being directed for almost 30 years at substances that destroy ozone, the Montreal Protocol will for the first time target a group of greenhouse gases. Beginning today in Kigali, Rwanda, member states of the United Nations are finalizing the terms of what could be the largest commitment to reducing global warming since the Paris Agreement on climate last December. Delegates are likely to take till the meeting’s final day on Oct. 14 to hammer out the knotty details of an amendment to the protocol. Ideally, the...
  • I don’t need air conditioning, and neither do you

    08/19/2016 11:15:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 180 replies
    WAPO ^ | Aug. 18, 2016 | Karen Heller
    It’s time to come out of the closet. Or, more precisely, the sweat lodge. My family lives without air con­ditioning, except for one antique, ­semi-comatose window unit that “cools” the bedroom to approximately the same temperature as Dallas at dusk. Our house in Philadelphia was built in the 1920s, when people were tough and resourceful. For most of the year, the house is cool and pleasant, as long as there isn’t a mash-up of continuously scorching days and epic humidity, when the air is putrid, stagnant and, if it were a color, would definitely be mustard. Which would be...
  • John Kerry Reaches New Height of Idiocy [semi-satire]

    07/31/2016 10:56:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 July 2016 | John Semmens
    Secretary of State John Kerry reached a new height of idiocy this past week by suggesting air conditioners were just as dangerous as ISIS. The remarks came in Vienna where Kerry was representing the US in negotiations aimed at reducing emissions that contribute to global warming. “Granted, the terror attacks carried out by these misguided individuals are splashy,” Kerry observed. “Dozens die and even more are maimed and injured, but the fact is that these effects are small-scale and of limited duration and consequence. We easily overlook some of the offsetting benefits. The people killed cease to be carbon emitters....
  • Petition to Remove Air Conditioning From State Dept. Gets over 33k Signatures

    07/29/2016 8:20:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2016 | 2:56 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Change.org is hosting an online petition calling for the removal of air conditioning from U.S. State Department property, following Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments that climate change is as dangerous, if not more, than threats from ISIS. As of the time of this publication 33,576 supporters have signed the petition, which, according to the site, will be delivered to President Barack Obama. …
  • Petition: Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property.

    07/24/2016 3:01:14 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 72 replies
    Change.org ^ | 7/24/16 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example, THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Department of State to remove air conditioning from all property that the Department owns, rents, or otherwise employs, including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.
  • World's Air Conditioning Boom Would Worsen Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study

    06/01/2016 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 1, 2016 | by Erik Ortiz
    There's no putting a chill on the worldwide air conditioning boom that's expected to heat up to historic levels over the next decade. Nations with emerging economies and spiking populations - including India, Indonesia and Brazil - are seeing air conditioner sales grow 10 to 15 percent a year. That means the world's supply of A/C units could nearly double from about 900,000 million in 2015 to roughly 1.6 million by 2030, according to a recent Berkeley National Laboratory study. So instead of simply trying to shut off the inexorable growth, scientists are working to find fresh energy-efficient technologies that...