The consequences of cooling technology are chilling

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Refrigeration transformed many industries, including food production and retailing, and while the technology has become more efficient, the environmental impacts are increasing. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

David Owen was taking a spring stroll around Lake Bantam with his wife when they discovered lichen-covered ruins. What the New Yorker staff writer uncovered were the remnants of Berkshire Ice Company, a century-old business which shipped ice around the world. His curiosity sent him on a journey investigating the history of refrigeration and cooling technologies, which along with convenience, harbor harsh impacts on the environment.



Evan Kleiman