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Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  22 reviews
This book goes to the heart of the unfolding reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have all failed, and before the end of the century Earth is projected to be warmer than it has been for 15 million years. The question “can the crisis be avoided?” has been superseded by a more frightening one, “what can be done to prev ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 22nd 2013 by Yale University Press (first published February 15th 2013)
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Jose Moa
This is a deep ethical,sociological and technical book about the ethical monstruosity of to playing God with the Earth climate

Geoengineering is to change the global planetary climate using artificial tools
Thre are two clas of geoengineering.
First:to extract carbón dioxid of the atmsophere in order to low this gas concentraction,but the amount of the carbón dioxide send by humans to the atmosphere is so enormous, that change it would need a enormous industrial complex imposible of sustain by expe
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Rob
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Australia for being a small country certainly punches above its weight. We are one of the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide but yet we have some of the best authors (Flannery, Hamilton etc) alerting us to the danger of climate change. Maybe they go hand in hand.
Earthmasters is a timely book about the dawn of geoengineering. Like Hamilton I have come to the conclusion that we have passed the point of no return for climate change. Our climate has changed and is on an unstoppable path to probably
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Elisabeth
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Earthmasters is an absolutely fascinating book. It covers the science of the most "promising" geoengineering research, the political, corporate and organizational interests involved in geoengineering, and the ethical dilemmas that come along with it.

Before reading this book, I thought geoengineering was still a fringe activity: something we are researching "just in case" even though we all know it would be crazy to do.

I was so very wrong. This book is a wake up call to anyone who thinks that hum
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Heidi
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is an accessible and thought-provoking exploration of the geoengineering solutions which aim to address the ever-burgeoning effects of climate change. These are the technological innovations designed, not to address the underlying causes of climate-change but to engineer the climate to meet human needs (physical, social, political and economic). This is a frightening look at how and why the human manipulation of planetary systems are being taken seriously despite a lack of understanding of ...more
Magdalena
Despite all the best efforts of those that have taken a political stance as “climate deniers,” it has been generally recognized by scientific communities around the world that the climate system is warming due to greenhouse gases produced through human activities. We are rapidly entering the Anthropocene era: a new geological epoch that takes its cue from the activities of humans. This has created a major, species-threatening problem that requires the kind of urgent governmental response that d ...more
Ajay Palekar
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book captures the heart of the reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gases have failed and deals with the great ethical, technical, and political questions that are now under wide discussion both within and outside the scientific community.

Clive thoroughly explores the field of geoengineering, seizing control of the climate of the Earth itself through intentional, enduring, and large-scale manipulation of Earth's climate system. He lays out the arg
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Mainichi66
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
the author divide the text into two parts: the tech and the ethic. the tech part is an eye-opener for me, but i crave for more of it. as for the ethic part, Elon Musk is determined to colonize the Mars. We are destined to build a Martian atmosphere from scratch. we have a training ground in engineering the Mars before we geoengineer. there is no reason we should be chickened out. But the ethic part is full of arguements and i think it makes good polemics, albeit i don't agree all of it.
Irene
Jul 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Rob Sedgwick
Too much politics

An interesting book which is a long discussion of the various approaches proposed to control the climate. The first half is about the science and the rest is about the politics. I'd rather have read more science.
Peter Mcloughlin
The failure of governments and people to address the Climate Crisis has got a lot of scientists running scared. Climate change is happening at a rate much worse than the pessimistic projections of ten or twenty years ago. The science has gotten stronger while the public has gotten more doubtful and leaders have done nothing. Scientists many of whom fear the worst have developed a new field to deal with the climate called Geo-engineering. Since we have altered the climate in an unintentional and ...more
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By Daniel LoPreto

“Since the beginning of time, man has yearned to destroy the sun. I will do the next best thing: block it out.”
— Mr. Burns

Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” But historian James Fleming insists, “No matter how great the scientific wizardry, the modern Archimedes still has no place to stand, no acceptable lever or fulcrum, and no way to predict where the Earth w
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SteveDave
This book reads like some sort of dystopian science-fiction: mankind destroys the earth's climate in its insatiable quest to grow and expand, and in a final act of hubris decides that it can re-engineer earth's climate systems to suit its own ends. People seed the oceans with iron and stain the sky and block the sun with sulphate aerosols, so that they can avoid having to make lifestyle changes to protect the earth systems that provide us with life.

Like everything that Clive Hamilton writes, th
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Steve
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Had "Earthmasters" stopped about a third of the way, it could have been an excellent article looking at proposals for "geo-engineering" and potential pitfalls of them. However, like many non-fiction books, it had a lot more pages to fill. This one became an extended, whining, hand-wringing, elitist screed at America, conservatives, Fox News (well, those lying assholes probably deserve it), economic growth, capitalism, military-industrial-fossil fuel conspiracies, and a whole bunch of academic en ...more
Corey Caulkins
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A really excellent read. Hamilton succinctly discusses the science of geo-engineering, and proceeds to thoroughly discuss the implications and politics associated with it. He also shares some thoughtful insight about climate change as a whole, and the philosophical divide in how we choose to respond to it. If you have any investment in the future of this planet, I would highly recommend taking the time to read and understand this book.
Mary
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hamilton offers a fascinating look at a range of climate engineering strategies (from ocean fertilization to cloud brightening) and their ethical and ecological impacts. An important read for all concerned about the future of human civilization.

"There is something increasingly desperate about placing more faith in technological cleverness when it is the unrelenting desire to command the natural world that has brought us to this point" (199).
Greta Fisher
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
The topic is a very important one and people need to keep informed about the technology and organizations and individuals who develop or support it. That said, I didn't care for the book. It seemed poorly organized and was such a dull read I had difficulty finishing it. I gave it 3 stars because of the topic - the possibility of a technological solution to global warming.
Jule Owen
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Must read overview of the range of technological solutions to climate change currently being considered. Chilling indictment of human hubris.
Dianne
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A topic which needs a wide audience. We need to be prepared for the arguments in favor of climate engineering and understand what all is behind the push.
Michel V
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alarming but important read.
Eric
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not bad but overly pedantic and wordy in parts.
John G
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A follow on from Clive's book "Requiem for a Species", this is a must read for anyone concerned about the implications of our undiminished burning of fossil fuels.
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Clive Hamilton AM FRSA is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and the Vice-Chancellor's Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University. He is a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government, and is the Founder and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He regula ...more