Fixing the sky

I was reading today reviews of James Fleming’s book, Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (Columbia UP, New York, 2010). The book is a long cautionary tell against geoengeenring.  I really liked one of the reviewers’ concluding comments about the  book: “Fleming has provided another valuable contribution to the still tiny but emerging historiography of global warming.  The story of weather and climate and control schemes sheds light both on the cultural history of weather and climate and on the more specific challenges of climate change policy, especially in America: the obsession with technological fixes, the shortage of sound science, the illusion of mastery over nature, and the impulse to do always something more when often we may need to do something less” (my emphasis). This sounds like a very sound advice to me, and very well put!

(From Sam White. Review of Fleming, James Rodger, Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. H-Environment, H-Net Reviews. August, 2011)

To read other reviews of the book, see the H-Environment website.

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