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Summers in the South are difficult. It’s often beautiful outside, with bright, blue skies and plenty of lush, green vegetation. But it’s also so hot that you can’t really enjoy it. The air is heavy, like you’re constantly being hugged by a sweaty person. So you either stay inside, or you suffer. And it’s easy for most folks to stay inside because nearly everyone has air-conditioning. At least, until they don’t. In the summer of 2011, a heat wave seared North America. From the Southwest to the Eastern Seaboard and up into Canada, it was the hottest heat wave in 75 years, hitting an estimated 200 million people . It was also the weekend my air conditioner broke. In Durham, North Carolina, we experienced five triple-digit days in a row. All over the city, air conditioners just couldn’t keep up. From office buildings and grocery stores to coffee shops and movie theaters, the b...

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