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

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

James Rodger Fleming


As alarm over international warming spreads, an intensive notion is gaining momentum. omit cuts in greenhouse gasoline emissions, a few scientists argue. as a substitute, jump solar again into area by way of pumping reflective nanoparticles into the ambience. release mirrors into orbit round the Earth. Make clouds thicker and brighter to create a "planetary thermostat."

These principles might seem like technological know-how fiction, yet in reality they're a part of a really outdated tale. For greater than a century, scientists, squaddies, and charlatans have attempted to control climate and weather, and prefer them, trendy weather engineers wildly exaggerate what's attainable. Scarcely contemplating the political, army, and moral implications of dealing with the world's weather, those participants hatch schemes with strength outcomes that a ways outweigh whatever their predecessors may have faced.

Showing what can occur whilst solving the sky turns into a perilous scan in pseudoscience, James Rodger Fleming lines the tragicomic heritage of the rainmakers, rain fakers, climate warriors, and weather engineers who've been either packed with rules and entire of themselves. Weaving jointly tales from elite technology, state-of-the-art know-how, and pop culture, Fleming examines problems with healthiness and navigation within the 1830s, drought within the Nineties, airplane security within the Nineteen Thirties, and global clash because the Forties. Killer hurricanes, ozone depletion, and worldwide warming gasoline the fantasies of at the present time. in line with archival and first examine, Fleming's unique tale speaks to an individual who has a stake in maintaining the planet.

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