Hacking Planet Earth: How Geoengineering Can Help Us Reimagine the Future

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Penguin, Mar 24, 2020 - Science - 352 pages
An exploration of the cutting-edge technology that will enable us to confront the realities of climate change.

For decades scientists and environmentalists have sounded the alarm about the effects of global warming. We are now past the tipping point. As floods, storms, and extreme temperatures become our daily reality, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" efforts aren't enough anymore. In Hacking Planet Earth, New York Times bestselling author Thomas Kostigen takes readers to the frontlines of geoengineering projects that scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and other visionaries around the world are developing to solve the problems associated with climate change.

From giant parasols hovering above the Earth to shield us from an unforgiving sun, to lasers shooting up into clouds to coax out much-needed water, Kostigen introduces readers to this inspiring work and the people who are spearheading it. These futurist, far- thinking, world-changing ideas will save us, and Hacking Planet Earth offers readers their new vision for the future.
 

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Journalist Kostigen (Extreme Weather) reviews dozens of projects designed to mitigate global warming’s deleterious effects in this stimulating survey. Some of the plans—solar and wind farms—are ... Read full review

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Contents

Why Cant We?
1
Thors Hammer
9
A Parasol for the Planet 224
24
Carbon Vampires
39
Desert Reflectors
52
Cool Roofs and Roads
68
Smart Soils
85
Brightening Clouds
104
Dutch Sea Level Defense
138
Living Beneath the Surface
155
Stopping the Glaciers from Melting
171
What Lies Beneath
189
Food Animals
205
Toilet to Tap
221
Acknowledgments
275
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335

Fertilizing Oceans
122

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Thomas M. Kostigen is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and journalist. He founded the Climate Survivalist column for USA Today and has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, National Geographic, Discover, Departures, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Most recently, he wrote two books for National Geographic on climate preparedness (one of which won the prestigious Louis J. Battan Author's Award). His previous nonfiction books include The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet, The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life, and The Big Handout. He is also the author of the novels Golden Dawn and Fatwa.

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