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Author Wilson, Eric Dean, author.

Title After cooling : on Freon, global warming, and the terrible cost of comfort / Eric Dean Wilson.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2021.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    363.7387 WIL    Available
 GDL Chevy Chase Library Non-Fiction    363.7387 WIL    Available
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Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description ix, 465 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-451) and index.
Contents Prelude: this business of destruction -- Before freon: on the trouble with personal comfort -- The business of destruction (tropopause) -- The age of freon: on the continuous uncertainty of safety -- The business of destruction (stratopause) -- After freon: on the myth of the closed system -- The business of destruction (mesopause) -- Postlude: what we're after.
Summary "Interweaves the science and history of the powerful refrigerant (and dangerous greenhouse gas) Freon with a haunting meditation on how to live meaningfully and morally in a rapidly heating world. In After Cooling, Eric Dean Wilson braids together air-conditioning history, climate science, road trips, and philosophy to tell the story of the birth, life, and afterlife of Freon, the refrigerant that ripped a hole larger than the continental United States in the ozone layer. As he traces the refrigerant's life span from its invention in the 1920s--when it was hailed as a miracle of scientific progress--to efforts in the 1980s to ban the chemical (and the resulting political backlash), Wilson finds himself on a journey through the American heartland, trailing a man who buys up old tanks of Freon stockpiled in attics and basements to destroy what remains of the chemical before it can do further harm. Wilson is at heart an essayist, looking far and wide to tease out what particular forces in American culture--in capitalism, in systemic racism, in our values--combined to lead us into the Freon crisis and then out. It's a story that offers a rare glimpse of environmental hope, suggesting that maybe the vast and terrifying problem of global warming is not beyond our grasp to face."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Chlorofluorocarbons -- Environmental aspects.
Fluorocarbons -- Environmental aspects.
Refrigerants -- Environmental aspects.
Air conditioning -- Environmental aspects.
Ozone layer depletion.
Global warming.
ISBN 9781982111298 (hardcover)
1982111291 (hardcover)

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