As alarm over global warming spreads, a radical idea is gaining momentum. 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." 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.
For Climate's Sake!
by René P. Schwarzenbach (Editor) et al.
Call Number: SCIENCE QC903 .F67 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-25
An extensive series of images and informative diagrams accompany well-researched essays around the themes of climate history, research and policy. The book provides insights into the history of the earth's climate and reveals the factors that are responsible for climate change.