The Planet Remade

The Planet Remade

How Geoengineering Could Change the World

Book - 2016
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The risks of global warming are pressing and potentially vast. The difficulty of doing without fossil fuels is daunting, possibly even insurmountable. So there is an urgent need to rethink our responses to the crisis. To meet that need, a small but increasingly influential group of scientists is exploring proposals for planned human intervention in the climate system: a stratospheric veil against the sun, the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton, fleets of unmanned ships seeding the clouds. These are the technologies of geoengineering--and as Oliver Morton argues in this visionary book, it would be as irresponsible to ignore them as it would be foolish to see them as a simple solution to the problem.


The Planet Remade explores the history, politics, and cutting-edge science of geoengineering. Morton weighs both the promise and perils of these controversial strategies and puts them in the broadest possible context. The past century's changes to the planet--to the clouds and the soils, to the winds and the seas, to the great cycles of nitrogen and carbon--have been far more profound than most of us realize. Appreciating those changes clarifies not just the scale of what needs to be done about global warming, but also our relationship to nature.


Climate change is not just one of the twenty-first century's defining political challenges. Morton untangles the implications of our failure to meet the challenge of climate change and reintroduces the hope that we might. He addresses the deep fear that comes with seeing humans as a force of nature, and asks what it might mean--and what it might require of us--to try and use that force for good.

Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey :, Princeton University Press,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780691148250
0691148252
Branch Call Number: 551.6 Mor
Characteristics: 428 pages

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Daanii
Feb 08, 2019

This book has its faults. It rambles a bit, and it never comes to any firm conclusions. But the book's strengths more than make up for its faults. This book is at a much higher level than any others I have read in terms of understanding the potential problems we face and exploring solutions that might work.

In the last few days some people in Congress presented their "Green New Deal" on how to deal with climate change. The contrast between their fairy tales and this sober and sobering analysis is great. Like black and white. I'm glad at least one person is looking at serious solutions.

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