How to Cool the Planet
Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate
By Jeff Goodell
Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547520230, 262pp.
Publication Date: April 2011
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"Goodell explores with infectious curiosity and thoughtful narration this strange, promising, and untested suite of climate fixes." — BusinessWeek
"[Goodell's] provocative account achieves a fine balance between the inventor's enthusiasm and the scientist's skepticism." —Publishers Weekly
"Goodell follows Big Coal (2006) with a lively and invaluable introduction to the simultaneously alarming and promising field of geoengineering… Hopefully his incisive and entertaining overview will help shape the debate." — Booklist (starred review)
"How to Cool the Planet is thoughtful, informative, and darkly entertaining. It’s the best treatment of this important (and scary) topic you can find." — Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe
"In the highly contentious climate debate geoengineering remains one of the most controversial, yet intriguing, remaining questions. In this vividly written, thoughtful book, Jeff Goodell helps readers explore the audacious question of whether humans can use technology to fix the very problem it's created." — Juliet Eilperin, national environmental reporter, Washington Post
"This could be the most important book written about the climate. Goodell compellingly describes the characters, ideas and motivations of a small band of geoengineers, scientists who would manipulate the very substance of our planet to alleviate global heating. As one of them, I know that what he writes is true, and I share his fear that geoengineering may put us on a path yet more deadly than the one we took to end war by inventing nuclear weapons. Yet if climate change becomes unbearable, we may be driven to geoengineering as a last resort. Read this unforgettable book; once started, you will not be able to put it down." — James Lovelock, author of Gaia and The Vanishing Face of Gaia