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'Morton offers a calm, rational discussion of deliberate technological interventions to cool the planet's climate system. An important account of cutting-edge research that will fascinate serious readers and demand the attention of policymakers' --Kirkus
'If you are going to read one book on climate engineering, it should be The Planet Remade... Climate engineering evokes very disparate and strong reactions. Morton weighs these perspectives with sympathy. He takes pains to find value in each, while maintaining his own insight gleaned from knowledge of the natural world, social thought, literature and science fiction, science and politics, scientific history and the scientists making that history. For a potentially harrowing topic, serendipity and fun abound. Plentiful and erudite footnotes are richly entertaining. [It is] too important to be reserved for experts' Nature
'Morton delivers complex information in an easy, conversational style that is a pleasure to follow. Emerging from this historical approach is the most arresting and interesting claim in the book: rather than imagining geoengineering as something new, hubristic and Promethean being devised in the face of impending climate Armageddon, we ought to recognise that humankind has been geoengineering for decades. Morton's approach to this complex topic is engaging' -- Literary Review
'Ambitious, enthralling and slightly strange... Eloquently, Morton anatomises the idea [of geoengineering] itself' --Sunday Times
'[A] fascinating, thoroughly researched and exceedingly convincing book' -- Scotsman 'Oliver Morton produced 2015's most important and insightful book about the environment'-- Chosen by Richard Benson, Independent, Finest Books of 2015
'First and foremost, Morton is a great companion. The sweep of his enquiry is extraordinary, the clarity and accessibility of his writing are exemplary, and the depth of his knowledge is everything you might hope of such a seasoned polymath. If you don't enjoy The Planet Remade [...] I'll be very surprised... Highly entertaining and insightful' --Jonathon Porritt, Resurgence & Ecologist
Despite the on-going political horse-trading over emissions targets, each piece of new scientific research offers further evidence that no feasible reduction in the emissions can now effectively mitigate the carbon crisis. With limited time for action, an increasingly influential minority of climate scientists are exploring proposals for planned human intervention in the biosphere. A stratospheric veil against the sun; the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton; a fleet of unmanned ships seeding clouds: these are technologies from the radical fringes of climate study, and they are chilling, not least given the risk of hostile use. And yet, we're now at the point where we have no choice but to take them very seriously indeed. The Planet Remade explores the science, history and politics behind these strategies. It looks at who might want to see geo-engineering techniques used, and why - and why others would be dead set against any such attempts. Throughout history, people have made huge changes to the planet - to the clouds and the soils, to the winds and the seas, to the great cycles of nitrogen and carbon - that are far more profound than often realized, and which can help us to fundamentally rethink our responses to global warming. With sensitivity, insight and expert science, Oliver Morton unpicks the moral implications of our responses to climate change, our fear that people have become a force of nature, and the potential for good in having such power. The Planet Remade is about imagining a world where people take care instead of taking control.
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Buchbeschreibung Granta Books, 2015. Hardcover. Zustand: New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. 1st Edition. book. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers TSB1798