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Hack the Planet: Science's Best Hope -- or Worst Nightmare -- for Averting Climate Catastrophe

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An inside tour of the incredible—and probably dangerous—plans to counteract the effects of climate change through experiments that range from the plausible to the fantasticDavid Battisti had arrived in Cambridge expecting a bloodbath. So had many of the other scientists who had joined him for an invitation-only workshop on climate science in 2007, with geoengineering at th ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Wiley (first published March 25th 2010)
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Jo Marshall
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Do you think regulating carbon emissions worldwide is a lost cause? Well, don’t worry about it because there are a few scientists and a lot of politicians who agree, and like Dr. Strangelove, they have a plan! Just fix the atmosphere and ocean, so we can continue our merry way burning fossil fuels and destroying ecosystems. Then a privileged few will enjoy life within climate controlled superdomes, and to heck with those who can’t afford a seat at the game. 'Hack the Planet' discusses two metho ...more
Kim Un
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Its a well know fact that CO2 levels in the atmosphere are rising. But did you know americans use enough energy to release about 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year each?! That’s alot. And it’s adding up very quickly.
This book basically takes place during a meeting. However much of the book doesn’t really have a set main character. It explains alot of different experiments done to find ways reduce global warming. This happens for most of the book. There is not really any solid plot. This
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
See my review of this book, along with Jeff Goodell's How to Cool the Planet: "The Geoengineering Genie"

Update: On my review of Goodell's book, someone asked why I liked that book better than Hack the Planet. Here's my reply:

How to Cool the Planet is a much better read. If you don't know much about geoengineering, it's the better book to get. Perhaps I should have given it five stars...

However, if you have been following a lot of the news on geoengineering over the past couple of years, then muc
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: climate-change
Eli Kintisch's Hack The Planet provides a bird's-eye view of the emerging field of intentional weather modification. The author goes from one planethacking method to the other and provides excellent historical context along the way. The core ideas are solar radiation management, sometimes referred to as SRM, which involves carefully controlling the amount of sunlight that enters the atmosphere, and carbon sequestering techniques such as promoting algae growth or even removing it directly from th ...more
Todd Martin
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
In “Hack the Planet” author Eli Kintisch examines the issue of planet-wide geoengineering as a means to address the problems posed by global warming.

There are many unknowns in climate science. The earth’s atmosphere is a complicated system that is made more complex by the fact that many of its constituent parts are interrelated in ways that are not well understood. What is known with a high degree of certainty is that CO2 (and other green house gases) warm the atmosphere and that human activity
Lee Thames
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I stumbled upon the idea of 'Hacking the Planet' back in 2010 when I read "The Fourth Paradigm - Data Intensive Scientific Discovery". That book harkened back to my college 'bull' sessions and when 'ozone' depletion first was reported. I scoffed at the problem and stated, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, "what's the problem, launch a rocket over Antartica and release a bunch of ozone". My comment laid dormant in my mind until I read "The Fourth Paradigm". Shortly after that Mr. Kintisch's came out and ...more
Eric Roston
Hack the Planet is a superbly written and reported chronicle of a remarkable story. In just a few years ‘geoengineering’ fixes to climate change–simulating volcanoes, CO2-sucking, cloud-brightening–have gone from crackpot to considered ideas. Eli Kintisch’s book is boundlessly smarter and more deeply researched on this topic than Superfreakonomics. Expect to hear much more in coming years from the planet-hackers–and from Kintisch.
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is good when it's explaining the different geoengineering schemes, but bogs down in personalities and politics.
Ian Apperley
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Read the chapter headings in the book store. That will give you all you need to know.

Boring and unimaginative.
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