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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 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 has been superseded by a more frightening one, “what can be done to prevent the devastation of the living world?”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: #1175546 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2014-03-25
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.31" h x .78" w x 5.14" l, .68 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 264 pages


  • Yale University Press

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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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5A nice attempt to stop the damage, but it's too late.
By Amazon Customer
It's probably too late to stop a massive species-populations extinction due to human caused global warming. (A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change goes into the future logic of climate change denial for future generations.).

Hamilton's done his part, but it's probably too late. This is a well written explication of mountaineering's prospects. It's not a pretty picture for life's pulse.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Climate: to modify or not to modify, that is the question.
By B. Thomas
Mr Hamilton paints a rather grim picture of our world's attempts to face, or square off with, the impending global warming we are causing, as it is a much more difficult problem than we have been able to fathom. The consequences of inaction may well be worse than action, but what action or actions will prove beneficial over the short and long terms?

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
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.

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