We have just released our latest Secret Agent report!
Heat waves, for many years no more than an inconvenience for most people, seem undeniably to be increasing in frequency and impact. In particular, the risk of adverse effects or mortality from heat exposure in sensitive demographics such as the elderly, the young and the economically disadvantaged mean that heat is steadily becoming a more a significant problem from a range of perspectives.
In the modern world, air conditioning is relied upon to cool our homes and offices. It keeps us comfortable on those very hot days and we have become accustomed to employing it even on milder days. Air conditioning is a luxury that is used thoughtlessly by many. It may do the job of keeping us cool in the immediate and medium terms but its effectiveness as a long-term solution clearly has limits.
This issue of The Secret Agent Report will look into the problems around air conditioning from an environmental, societal and behavioural perspective. We will also bring to light a variety of other cooling methods that should be considered as an alternative to air conditioning usage.