Right now, the thought of controlling the climate is controversial. Scientists who analysis geoengineering have even acquired loss of life threats. However as soon as upon a time, folks have been optimistic about remaking the local weather in whole areas of the world. They approached this science with a touching religion within the energy of human creativity.
Absent-minded genius Irving Langmuir was one such scientist. He dreamt of constructing deserts bloom and conjuring rain from an arid sky. He even believed that his experiments with a hurricane had succeeded in redirecting its path.
Why did we cease attempting to manage the climate? And may geoengineering assist us resolve local weather change — or have we missed our likelihood?
We have been impressed to analysis a script on geoengineering by Elizabeth Kolbert’s guide Beneath a White Sky, which incorporates her unique reporting on topics together with damaging emissions and photo voltaic radiation administration – and which additionally impressed us to trace down a duplicate of the outstanding 1960 publication Man Versus Local weather. Soviet geoengineering concepts, and US openness to them, are additional detailed in an article by Derek Mead in Vice.
Irving Langmuir is portrayed, within the fictionalised type of Felix Hoenikker, in Kurt Vonnegut’s traditional novel Cat’s Cradle. In an interview on skcool.org, Vonnegut tells how Langmuir impressed the character.
Ginger Strand’s guide The Brothers Vonnegut features a wealthy account of Kurt’s and Bernard Vonnegut’s time at Normal Electrical with Irving Langmuir. Normal Electrical’s web site additionally particulars their work collectively, with a picture of Langmuir, Vonnegut and Vincent Schaefer inspecting their freezer. Our account of Langmuir’s work attracts additional on Sam Kean’s function articles in Smithsonian journal and The Atlantic; David Philip Miller’s article in Annals of Science; and reporting in shops reminiscent of Time and Cosmos.
For background on how attitudes in direction of geoengineering are at present evolving, see Clare Roth’s piece for Deutsche Welle, Is geoengineering set to grow to be mainstream local weather coverage?