27 Jul

How Did People Survive Before Air Conditioning?

Nice write up at Apartment Therapy about how air conditioning changed our houses, culture, and habits

Probably everyone has had this thought at least once a summer, while sweating through their clothes on a subway platform or in a parking lot, desperate to locate their car: how did people survive before air conditioning? Although we may not be able to imagine summer without it, prior to its invention in 1902, people did still manage to live and go about their business … even in cities like Savannah and New Orleans. Here’s how they did it.

Source: How Did People Survive Before Air Conditioning? | Apartment Therapy

04 Jul

Yale Climate Opinion Maps

Yale has a nice website where you can view interactive maps on responses to a variety of questions related to the acceptance of climate change.  Interestingly, while a majority, including Southerners, seem to accept climate change is real many do not believe it caused by humans or we should support alternative energies.

Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts, but American opinions vary widely depending on where people live. So why would we rely on just one national number to understand public responses to climate change at the state and local levels?

Source: Yale Climate Opinion Maps