Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Climate Engineering - New Human Frontiers (Paperback)
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Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Climate Engineering - New Human Frontiers (Paperback)

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Published: 25/04/2014
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Climate change seems to be an insurmountable problem. Political solutions have so far had little impact. Some scientists are now advocating the so-called 'Plan B', a more direct way of reducing the rate of future warming by reflecting more sunlight back to space, creating a thermostat in the sky.

In this book, Mike Hulme argues against this kind of hubristic techno-fix. Drawing upon a distinguished career studying the science, politics and ethics of climate change, he shows why using science to fix the global climate is undesirable, ungovernable and unattainable. Science and technology should instead serve the more pragmatic goals of increasing societal resilience to weather risks, improving regional air quality and driving forward an energy technology transition. Seeking to reset the planet’s thermostat is not the answer.

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9780745682068
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 191 x 127 x 16 mm


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"A very clear read and a good introduction to an extremely important topic."Morning Star"Mike Hulme eloquently and rationally outlines the arguments against proposals to use stratospheric aerosols to cool the planet and questions the ethics of even researching them. Regardless of whether one agrees with his conclusions, there is no doubt that he definitively makes the case that must be answered by proponents."Steve Rayner, Oxford University"In this slim volume, Mike Hulme takes aim at the proposal to fix the climate problem with a single engineering solution. He calls for a science that is more attentive to human ends, that serves humanity rather than seeking to rule it. This plea for humility from a world expert on climate change deserves close reading by anyone concerned with the fate of the planet."Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University"Few people talk as intelligently and compassionately about climate change as Mike Hulme. He is a rare voice of sanity and humility in an increasingly rancorous and megalomaniac debate."Fred Pearce, science writer and journalist "This small book packs a big punch. Hulme's book is readable, affordable and rich in ideas."Progress in Physical Geography

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