Hack the Planet: Science's Best Hope - or Worst Nightmare - for Averting Climate Catastrophe [NOOK Book]

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PRAISE FOR HACK THE PLANET

"Hack the Planet reads like a sci-fi novel.But it's all the scarier because it's true."
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

"Anyone who considers themselves scientifically literate had better get versed in the new discipline of geoengineering—or planethacking, as Eli Kintisch calls it in this nuanced and useful new account. ...

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Overview

PRAISE FOR HACK THE PLANET

"Hack the Planet reads like a sci-fi novel.But it's all the scarier because it's true."
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

"Anyone who considers themselves scientifically literate had better get versed in the new discipline of geoengineering—or planethacking, as Eli Kintisch calls it in this nuanced and useful new account. This discussion is not going to go away anytime soon!"
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"As climate change goes unmitigated and continues to worsen,it seems we can no longer avoid a public debate on the prospect of planetary geoengineering—doing something probably bad to the planet to avert something even worse. It will be an Earth-changing discussion, and no one should feel competent to participate without having first read Eli Kintisch's Hack the Planet, an indispensable introduction to the topic. The scientific ideas he explains and characters he depicts are compelling and occasionally riveting."
Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science and coauthor of Unscientific America

"Hack the Planet is a superbly written and reportedchronicle of a remarkable story. In just a few years, 'geoengineering' fixes to climate change—simulating volcanoes, CO2-sucking, cloud-brightening—have gone from crackpot to considered ideas. Eli Kintisch's book is boundlessly smarter and more deeplyresearched on this topic than SuperFreakonomics. Expect to hear much more in coming years from the planet-hackers—and from Kintisch."
Eric Roston, author of The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

At one time a fringe notion, the idea of geoengineering-using radical means to change the climate deliberately-is gaining traction in scientific conferences and even in the White House, where doubts are growing regarding the efficacy of mainstream strategies (conservation, alternative energy, "storing carbon dioxide from coal plants in the ground"). In this fascinating wake-up call, Science magazine writer Kintisch begins with the startling notion that "clean air could kill us," because tiny particles in the atmosphere scatter sunlight and cool the planet; a proposal mimicking the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which cooled the earth by a half degree, would release 5.3 million tons of sulfur into the atmosphere per year to counter global warming. Opponents argue that the unforeseen consequences of this and similar efforts could prove more disastrous than the original problems; Kintisch also suggests that conservatives embracing radical solutions like large-scale ocean algae blooms are simply trying to block profit-threatening regulation and alternative energy development. By no means a run-of-the-mill survey of climate change solutions, this volume takes a engaged but balanced look at humanity's life-or-death situation, providing numerous angles on the role of cutting-edge science as either "our downfall or our savior."
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* "Geoengineering is generally defined as the application of engineering techniques to alter the planet as a whole...as Mr. Kintisch relates, these remedies are not necessarily simple and even their easy-to-envision consequences can be alarming."
New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470618714
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 442 KB

Meet the Author

ELI KINTISCH is a reporter for Science magazine. He has also written for Slate, Discover, and the New Republic. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

1 It's Come to This.

2 Hedging Our Climate Bets.

3 The Point of No Return.

4 The Pinatubo Option.

5 The Pursuit of Levers.

6 The Sucking-1-Ton Challenge.

7 Credit Is Due.

8 Victor's Garden.

9 The Sky and Its Reengineer.

10 The Right Side of the Issue.

11 A Political Climate.

12 Geoengineering and Earth.

Acknowledgments.

Notes.

Index.

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