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Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
By Dr. Clive Hamilton

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Book Description

An essential book that comes to grips with the events that will determine the fate of the Earth

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 has been superseded by a more frightening one, “what can be done to prevent the devastation of the living world?” And the disturbing answer, now under wide discussion both within and outside the scientific community, is to seize control of the very climate of the Earth itself.
Clive Hamilton begins by exploring the range of technologies now being developed in the field of geoengineering--the intentional, enduring, large-scale manipulation of Earth’s climate system. He lays out the arguments for and against climate engineering, and reveals the extent of vested interests linking researchers, venture capitalists, and corporations. He then examines what it means for human beings to be making plans to control the planet’s atmosphere, probes the uneasiness we feel with the notion of exercising technological mastery over nature, and challenges the ways we think about ourselves and our place in the natural world.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1243119 in Books
  • Published on: 2014-03-25
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .78" h x 5.14" w x 8.31" l, .68 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 264 pages

Editorial Reviews


‘In his crystal-clear analysis Clive Hamilton warns against “Promethean recklessness” and calls for “utmost caution and deep reflection”. It’s depressing to realise what we have done and still want to do to our planet, but hope lies in thinkers such as Hamilton, if only we heed them before it’s too late.’—Tom Moriarty, Irish Times.
(Tom Moriarty Irish Times 2015-01-10)

About the Author

Clive Hamilton is Vice-Chancellor’s Chair and professor of public ethics, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra.

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5Will fearful politics be the end to humanity or will we innovate our way out?
By Casey M. Williams
Dr. Hamilton expertly intertwines psychology, history and climate science into a beautiful tapestry of words, analogies and first-hand experiences. His knowledge of so many different subjects adds the necessary depth for discussing how to control the aspects of nature; and his enthusiasm for quality storytelling carves down the rough edges of boring science. A prescient modern Prometheus that seeks to control the future by employing the help of curiosity. What lies beneath Pandora's box? Will it be something that we can utilize to save humanity from extinction? Or will it be just another tale about how humanity tried to conquer the evils of Zeus (nature), but how we fail miserably, and eternally? Only time will tell, but this book is the first glimpse into a wonderful and sustainable future for all mankind.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5If you liked inadvertent climate change
By edw prell
Clive Hamilton has delved deeply and unflinchingly into the stealthy domain of the sorcerers who would tinker with our one and only planet as if it were a child's toy that has been abused and doesn't work well any more. When I wrote my essay on global warming navigation this summer, I feared that my suspicions about Geoengineering and its rabid fans was too conspiratorial in tone. Not so. The Earthmasters envision profit, mastery and dominion. They wait in the shadows for the outcry following a really big eco-disaster: do something, anything! Then, the Mother of all hacking capers can commence. Earthlings beware. If you liked inadvertent climate change, you will love the premeditated variety.

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5The frightening possible consequences of geothermal modifications of climate.
By Daniel Desulis
This book is terrifying. Should the possibilities which Clive Hamilton reveals of the ways in which a government, or one very wealthy individual, could change the future of earth's climate, and do with without full scientific examination of the consequences, occur, the populations of the planet would be like the white rats used in a scientific lab, not knowing if the experiment will be positive or disastrous.
Hamilton writes of the last ditch efforts that could be utilized once the consideration of averting the worst consequences of a warming planet seem too unavoidable to prevent or delay.. He also explains the planning for geothermal induced changes being contemplated or planned by groups and institutions which have already considered these methods.

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