Slice It in the Media
NPR's On Point: Rationing in Our Future?
Lehrer Show: 'Rationing Rationale'
We already ration; we can do it better. New York Times
On radio's best talk show, with Chuck Mertz at WNUR Chicago
in a thirstier world. Al Jazeera
Losing Our Cool in the Media
A New York Times forum asks, "Should Air-Conditioning be Rationed?"
Cox in the Washington Post on “D.C. without A.C."
Brad Plumer, Washington Post: a "fascinating" book
New York Times: “No Air-Conditioning, and Happy“
Kevin Canfield on Losing Our Cool in the Los Angeles Times
An interview with Ryan Brown of Salon.com
Cox's op-ed in the Los Angeles Times
The National Post, top of the front page
Macleans: How Air-Conditioning Changed the World
A review by
Mother Nature Network, which named Losing
Our Cool one of the “Ten must-read environmental
books of 1010″
see and hear:
“Chilling Facts About Air
Conditioners“, a one-hour interview and call-in
on NPR's On Point
downside of A/C on NPR’s Here and Now
On WNYC/NPR's The Brian Lehrer Show, each
Thursday in July.
Losing Our Cool interview: video on MSNBC
Rationing: it’s a word—and idea—that people seem to fear and hate in equal measure. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to “shouting an obscenity in church.” Yet societies ration food, water, medical care, and fuel all the time, with those who can pay the most getting the most. As Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen has said, the results can be “thoroughly unequal and nasty.”
In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox shows that rationing is not just a quaint practice restricted to World War II memoirs and stories of gas-station lines in the 1970s. Instead, he persuasively argues that rationing is a vital concept for our fragile present, an era of dwindling resources and environmental crises. Any Way You Slice It takes us on a fascinating search for alternative ways of apportioning life’s necessities, from the wartime goal of “fair shares for all” in the 1940s to present-day water rationing in a Mumbai slum, from the bread shops of Cairo to the struggle for fairness in American medicine and carbon rationing on Norfolk Island in the Pacific. All along the way, Cox asks: Can we limit consumption while assuring everyone a fair share?
The author of Losing Our Cool, the much debated and widely acclaimed examination of air-conditioning’s many impacts, here turns his attention to the politically explosive topic of how we share our planet’s resources.
Now in paperback from The New Press
Table of Contents
What?? A book about air-conditioning?
1. “There’s No Power on Earth That Can Stop It!”
We have air-conditioning to thank for experiments like Phoenix, Arizona and Naples, Florida. But how long can they keep up the pace?
2. Making the Weather
With its fast-growing power consumption and refrigerant releases, residential, commercial, and mobile air-conditioning is warming the outdoors as effectively as it is cooling the indoors.
3. The Air-Conditioned Dream
What families and communities have lost in our retreat from nature world into the expanding climate-controlled universe.
4. Going Mobile
How southward migration radically changed the United States, and the woes of the commuter in sprawling, simmering Sun Belt cities.
5. The Business Climate
Can air-conditioning make you work harder and spend more?
6. Surviving the Great Indoors
Air-conditioning can save lives in heat emergencies. But what is it that really kills people during heat waves, and how do our bodies respond to round-the-clock air-conditioning?
7. India: Where “A/C” Means “VIP”
The new frontiers of climate control in one of the planet's hottest regions.
8. Inconspicuous Consumption
With air-conditioning, as with the whole economy, the chief source of problems is solutions.
9. Coming Out of the Cold
New ways, technological and
otherwise, to find comfort and get through the