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Geoengineering Goes Mainstream

The MIT Technology Review — one of my favorite magazines — writes about geoengineering in the January/February 2010 issue. Much of what is said in the article will be familiar…



Testing Geoengineering Before It's Needed

The SuperFreakonomics chapter on geoengineering solutions to global warming has generated plenty of heat, but scientific and political interest in the concept is on the rise. An article in Slate…



Nature’s View of Geoengineering

(Photo: Richard Reeve) An editorial in Nature argues that geoengineering needs a charter if research on the topic is to move forward. The journal cites the recent cancellation of the…



The State of Geoengineering Research

As noted earlier, Congress tomorrow is holding its first-ever hearings on geoengineering as a potential means to fight global warming. Here’s a very good primer, via ClimateWire in the Times,…




Geoengineering to Have Its Day in the Sun

…next week hold its first-ever hearing on geoengineering solutions to global warming. I’m grateful to Ken Caldeira for alerting us to this hearing; he will be among the climate scientists…



Geoengineering Is in the Air

Levitt recently wrote about geoengineering going mainstream — i.e., being featured in the M.I.T. Technology Review. That fine publication may not be as “mainstream” for the rest of us as…



A Geoengineering Tryout

(Photo: dingbat2005) We’ve written a good bit (in Chapter 5 of SuperFreakonomics and also the blog) about potential geoengineering solutions to global warming. This summer, with the SPICE geonengineering trials…



Nathan Myhrvold on Geoengineering (and Penguin Poo)

In a Fareed Zakaria interview on CNN.com, Nathan Myhrvold discusses the geoengineering solutions we wrote about in SuperFreakonomics. (And, Nathan being Nathan, there is a brief discussion of penguin poo.)…





The SuperFreakonomics Global-Warming Fact Quiz

…on global warming, these are the six scientific facts that are critical to our analysis of geo-engineering in that chapter, a point I will expand upon below. We document many…



The New Yorker Geoengineers Itself

Michael Specter has written a good and interesting New Yorker article about the history and current state of geoengineering, called “The Climate Fixers: Is There a Technological Solution to Global…




Hugo Chavez, Rainmaker?

SuperFreakonomics briefly considers the possibility of a rogue leader like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez deciding to unilaterally try geoengineering the planet. Who’d have thought Chavez would actually try some geoengineering



Whose Hand Controls the Global Thermostat?

A good report here, from the Economist, on a recent geoengineering summit in Asilomar, Calif. (which, unsurprisingly, had its detractors before it was ever held). The article’s final paragraph gets…




My Mom, the Psychic

…overly zealous reaction to global warming. (The cause of such an ice age would likely be mismanaged geoengineering – so it looks like my own mom doesn’t even like our…



Beautiful Junk

…to stop global warming through geoengineering (take a look at this brief video of the “stratoshield” idea that we write about). Here’s how the I.V. blog describes the beautiful junk…



Ken Caldeira's Carbon Solution

…Intellectual Ventures on potential global-warming solutions, which include a variety of geoengineering ideas. We cite a variety of Caldeira’s research, primarily on atmospheric carbon dioxide, including these passages: Caldeira is…




Will There Be Snow in Moscow This Winter?

…the same issues that the world will likely face as geoengineering comes to the forefront. No doubt, the idea of human intervention to influence where snow falls will strike many…




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Episode 346

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet

The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. A debate that’s been around for decades…

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Episode 291

Evolution, Accelerated

A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease; it could also lead to the sort of…

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Episode 291

Evolution, Accelerated (Replay)

A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease; it could also lead to the sort of…