Clive Hamilton: "Earthmasters"

Clive Hamilton: "Earthmasters"

In the face of global climate change, some scientists are turning to new technologies that can manipulate the Earth’s weather patterns. An Australian expert on climate change explores this growing field called geoengineering and what it means for human beings to be in control of the planet’s atmosphere.

In an effort to deal with the effects of global climate change, scientists and engineers are developing new technologies that aim to manipulate the weather and control the Earth’s temperature. It sounds like science fiction, but the growing field of geoengineering aims to alter clouds, store carbon dioxide deep in the ocean and reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the planet. An Australian expert on global warming argues that these new technologies dramatically alter our relationship with the earth. In a new book, "Earthmasters," he says geoengineering could cause more harm than good.

Guests

Clive Hamilton

author and professor, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia

Clive Hamilton On Civil Society Engagement With Geoengineering

Hamilton believes “the genie is out of the bottle and is not going to be put back in.” The question now, he says, is can environmentalists afford to allow the supporters of climate engineering to dictate the terms of the debate? ”If environmental groups refuse to engage in this emerging public debate,” he asks, “how will they respond when geoengineering suddenly appears at the top of the agenda?”

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Excerpted from "Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering" by Clive Hamilton. Copyright © 2013 by Clive Hamilton. Excerpted by permission of Yale University Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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