Monday, June 30, 2003

More Air Conditioning Woes

Currently some 6 million Italians are without power. National power grid can't keep up with the immense use of power, which is attributed to the increased use of air-conditioning. Summer heat, together with drought that had limited the output of hydro plants, is another contributing factor.

Today I walked the streets of Split and noticed that the power grid is not the only system that might collapse due to air-conditioning. Traffic is always a problem in Split, but in summer it becomes critical. Reason is quite simple – people are so accustomed to air-conditioning in their cars that they would drive instead of walk.


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