Goes to the heart of the unfolding reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have all failed and before the end of the century Earth is projected to be warmer than it has been for 15 million years.
An essential book that comes to grips with the events that will determine the fate of the Earth
This book goes to the heart of the unfolding reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have all failed, and before the end of the century Earth is projected to be warmer than it has been for 15 million years. The question "can the crisis be avoided?" has been superseded by a more frightening one, "what can be done to prevent the devastation of the living world?" And the disturbing answer, now under wide discussion both within and outside the scientific community, is to seize control of the very climate of the Earth itself. Clive Hamilton begins by exploring the range of technologies now being developed in the field of geoengineering--the intentional, enduring, large-scale manipulation of Earth's climate system. He lays out the arguments for and against climate engineering, and reveals the extent of vested interests linking researchers, venture capitalists, and corporations. He then examines what it means for human beings to be making plans to control the planet's atmosphere, probes the uneasiness we feel with the notion of exercising technological mastery over nature, and challenges the ways we think about ourselves and our place in the natural world.
Clive Hamilton is Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics based at the Australian National University. For 14 years until early 2008, he was the Executive Director of Australia's foremost progressive think tank. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Cambridge and Yale University.
'In his crystal-clear analysis Clive Hamilton warns against "Promethean recklessness" and calls for "utmost caution and deep reflection". It's depressing to realise what we have done and still want to do to our planet, but hope lies in thinkers such as Hamilton, if only we heed them before it's too late.'-Tom Moriarty, Irish Times. -- Tom Moriarty Irish Times
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