Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering” as Want to Read:
Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

(Collection Anthropocène (Seuil))

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  23 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 has been superseded by a more frightening one, “what can be done to prev ...more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)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Earthmasters, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Earthmasters

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.81  · 
Rating details
 ·  100 ratings  ·  23 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
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
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
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
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
This is a book about the exciting prospect of climate engineering: the human modulation of the amount of thermal energy that is absorbed and held in Earth's atmosphere. The book is roughly divided into a first third that describes the various technologies and approaches that may be used to engineer our climate, and a latter two thirds generally filled with poor arguments about why we ought not to pursue climate engineering.

We begin with an exhortation to understand the complexity of engineering
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
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. ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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.
Rebecca Would
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential. For anyone who wants to know whats going on in our world, and who has an opinion on the state of the next 2 ice ages, 50,000 years in the future or anything that happens before then.
Full Stop
Jun 09, 2014 added it
Shelves: spring-2014

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
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
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.
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. ...more
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.
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.
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. ...more
Ankur Shah
rated it it was amazing
Dec 31, 2017
rated it liked it
Aug 12, 2018
Nick Scott
rated it it was amazing
Oct 28, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Dec 29, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jul 04, 2014
rated it it was ok
Jan 16, 2021
Paul Mamani
rated it it was amazing
Nov 14, 2020
rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Eighth Day of Creation
  • Anxiety: Meditations on the Anxious Mind
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
  • Generosity: An Enhancement
  • Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst
  • How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate
  • The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory
  • Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018
  • The Man Who Planted Trees
  • The Echo Maker
  • Erosion: Essays of Undoing
  • Same Place, Same Things
  • New York 2140
  • Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities
  • Half Broke Horses
  • Welding with Children
  • The Living
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

Collection Anthropocène (Seuil) (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • Toxique Planète: Le scandale invisible des maladies chroniques
  • The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us
  • Nous sommes des révolutionnaires malgré nous: Textes pionniers de l'écologie politique
  • L'Âge des low tech: Vers une civilisation techniquement soutenable
  • La Terre vue d'en haut : L'invention de l'environnement global
  • The Power of Just Doing Stuff
  • Nature en crise: Penser la biodiversité
  • Comment tout peut s'effondrer : Petit manuel de collapsologie à l'usage des générations présentes
  • Sortons de l'âge des fossiles !: Manifeste pour la transition (Anthropocène)
  • La Part inconstructible de la Terre. Critique du géo-constructivisme

News & Interviews

These twelve books are so consistently adored, they have become regulars month after month in our data of most popular and most read books on...
105 likes · 42 comments