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Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (Columbia Studies in International and Global History)

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As alarm over global warming spreads, a radical idea is gaining momentum. Forget cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, some scientists argue. Instead, bounce sunlight back into space by pumping reflective nanoparticles into the atmosphere. Launch mirrors into orbit around the Earth. Make clouds thicker and brighter to create a planetary thermostat.

These ideas might sound like science fiction, but in fact they are part of a very old story. For more than a century, scientists, soldiers, and charlatans have tried to manipulate weather and climate, and like them, today's climate engineers wildly exaggerate what is possible. Scarcely considering the political, military, and ethical implications of managing the world's climate, these individuals hatch schemes with potential consequences that far outweigh anything their predecessors might have faced.

Showing what can happen when fixing the sky becomes a dangerous experiment in pseudoscience, James Rodger Fleming traces the tragicomic history of the rainmakers, rain fakers, weather warriors, and climate engineers who have been both full of ideas and full of themselves. Weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture, Fleming examines issues of health and navigation in the 1830s, drought in the 1890s, aircraft safety in the 1930s, and world conflict since the 1940s. Killer hurricanes, ozone depletion, and global warming fuel the fantasies of today. Based on archival and primary research, Fleming's original story speaks to anyone who has a stake in sustaining the planet.

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Weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture, Fleming examines issues of health and navigation in the 1830s, drought in the 1890s, aircraft safety in the 1930s, and world conflict since the 1940s.

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As the alarm over global warming spreads, radical ideas are taking hold: if cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient, let's use reflective nanoparticles to bounce sunlight directly into space or launch mirrors into orbit around the earth. We could make clouds thicker and brighter or surround Arctic sea ice with a huge plastic flotilla. Yet while these proposals seem edgy and exciting, they often test the limits of scientific possibility and overlook the political, ethical, and social consequences of climate management. Revisiting over a century of efforts at weather and climate control, James Rodger Fleming shows what can happen when fixing the sky becomes a dangerous experiment in pseudoscience.

Fleming's absorbing history is filled with scientists, soldiers, and salesmen who are either the victims to hubris or have perpetuated ancient weather and climate myths. Weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture, Fleming examines issues of health and navigation in the 1830s, drought in the 1890s, aircraft safety in the 1930s, and world conflict since the 1940s. Killer hurricanes, ozone depletion, and global warming fuel the fantasies of today. Based on archival and primary research, Fleming's compelling and highly original story speaks to anyone who has a stake in sustaining the planet.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231144124
Author:
Fleming, James Roger
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Author:
Fleming, James Rodger
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
Weather control -- History.
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Series:
Columbia Studies in International and Global History
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.10x6.00x1.10 in. 1.35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture, Fleming examines issues of health and navigation in the 1830s, drought in the 1890s, aircraft safety in the 1930s, and world conflict since the 1940s.
"Synopsis" by , As the alarm over global warming spreads, radical ideas are taking hold: if cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient, let's use reflective nanoparticles to bounce sunlight directly into space or launch mirrors into orbit around the earth. We could make clouds thicker and brighter or surround Arctic sea ice with a huge plastic flotilla. Yet while these proposals seem edgy and exciting, they often test the limits of scientific possibility and overlook the political, ethical, and social consequences of climate management. Revisiting over a century of efforts at weather and climate control, James Rodger Fleming shows what can happen when fixing the sky becomes a dangerous experiment in pseudoscience.

Fleming's absorbing history is filled with scientists, soldiers, and salesmen who are either the victims to hubris or have perpetuated ancient weather and climate myths. Weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture, Fleming examines issues of health and navigation in the 1830s, drought in the 1890s, aircraft safety in the 1930s, and world conflict since the 1940s. Killer hurricanes, ozone depletion, and global warming fuel the fantasies of today. Based on archival and primary research, Fleming's compelling and highly original story speaks to anyone who has a stake in sustaining the planet.

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