Whose Hand Controls the Global Thermostat?

Political science, climate science, and geoengineering.

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.

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 it is for Levitt. But now NBC Nightly News has weighed in on the topic.

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 to people who have read SuperFreakonomics, but it also talks about carbon capture, which we didn't discuss much.

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 with his own hands? According to this Reuters report, Chavez recently asked a team of Cuban scientists to seed clouds over his drought-stricken country.

With Geoengineering Outlawed, Will Only Outlaws Have Geoengineering?

So while environmentalists may find the very notion of geoengineering repugnant, the fact is that geoengineering is already with us, and will likely be put to use whether we like it or not.

The State of Geoengineering Research

As noted earlier, Congress today is holding its first-ever hearings on geoengineering as a potential means to fight global warming.