The heated battle over air conditioning at the Paris Olympics

With the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris just weeks away, athletes will arrive at an Olympic Village that is missing a notable piece of infrastructure: air conditioning. As part of Paris’ commitment to a greener Games, air conditioning has not been installed in the village, with French officials insisting that the buildings will stay cool on their own through a geothermal water system.

However, many athletes seem to be worried about the lack of AC, especially given the expected scorching temperatures throughout Europe — and the fact that the heat of densely populated Paris could pose a deadly risk to athletes. As a result, the United States and other countries are taking the matter into their own hands at the behest of Paris officials by bringing their own AC units. 

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