Geoengineering, the deliberate hacking of Earth’s climate, might be one of the most promising potential responses to climate change, especially in the absence of significant carbon emission reductions. It’s also one of the most controversial. We engineered our planet into our environmental crisis, but can we engineer our way out with a stratospheric veil against the sun, the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton, or fleets of unmanned ships seeding the clouds?
In his new book, The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World, Oliver Morton argues that the risks of climate change merit serious action. According to Morton, geoengineering is not a simple or singular solution to the problem, but it is worth exploring, even if it’s never actually deployed.
On Monday, Feb. 1, at 12:15 p.m., Future Tense will host a lunch in Washington, D.C., where Oliver Morton and Future Tense fellow Katherine Mangu-Ward will discuss geoengineering’s potential as a climate change fix and the many challenges that would come with it. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.
Lunch will be provided.
Author, The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World
Briefings editor, the Economist
Future Tense fellow, New America
Managing editor, Reason magazine
Read more from Futurography on geoengineering:
- “The Two Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Climate Change”—an excerpt from The Planet Remade
- “What’s the Deal With Geoengineering?”
- “Your Geoengineering Cheat Sheet”
- “What Experiments to Block Out the Sun Can’t Tell Us”
- “Geoengineering’s Moral Hazard Problem”
- “Why We Should Research Geoengineering Now”
- “How Geoengineering Could Affect the Global Climate: An Interactive"
- “These Two Experts Answered Your Burning Geoengineering Questions”