The risks of global warming are pressing and potentially vast. There is an urgent need to rethink our response 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, including a stratospheric veil against the sun, the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton, and fleets of unmanned ships seeding the clouds. These are the technologies of geoengineering and, as Oliver Morton argues in The Planet Remade, it would be as irresponsible to ignore them as it would be foolish to see them as a simple solution to the problem. Morton explores the history, politics, and cutting-edge science of geoengineering and weighs the promise and perils of these controversial strategies. 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 to use that force for good.
Oliver Morton is briefings editor at the Economist, and his writing has appeared in the New Yorker and other publications. He is the author of Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet.
"A vital book on geo-engineering."--Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth, New York Times
"Few science books are more important, timely, and beautifully written. . . . [The Planet Remade] is a book that lays out all the facts, with great clarity and at some length, draws a conclusion, but leaves you to make up your mind."--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"[I]f you are going to read one book on climate engineering, it should be The Planet Remade. . . . [The book] is as much an exploration of science and engineering as it is of people and attitudes."--Jane C.S. Long, Nature
"Oliver Morton produced 2015's most important and insightful book about the environment inThe Planet Remade. . . . Several people who should know better argued this year that humanity needs to adopt a more ‘religious' view of climate change. It does not. What it needs is books by Oliver Morton."--Richard Benson, The Independent
"Ambitious, enthralling."--Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
"Morton offers a calm, rational discussion of deliberate technological interventions to cool the planet’s climate system. . . . An important account of cutting-edge research that will fascinate serious readers and demand the attention of policymakers."--Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Morton accomplishes the difficult task of explaining high-level scientific concepts in pragmatic terms, with enough history, first-person reporting, anecdotes, and humor that The Planet Remade is as enjoyable to read as it is informative."--Foreword Reviews
"Through pages of rigorous scientific groundwork wrapped in elegant prose, Morton provides a guided tour of why we need geoengineering. . . . The Planet Remade is a delightful introduction to the seemingly absurd proposals that could be our fragile world’s final hope."--Science News
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