The Prospects and Perils of Geoengineering
August 13, 2013
The prospect of controlling the weather has for a long time lived solely in the realm of science fiction and the plots of evil villains. However, a growing number of scientists are now advocating geoengineering as a way to address climate change. Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale intervention in the earth's natural systems to influence weather and climate. While some think geoengineering will be our savior and want to get started right away, others worry it could lead to even more problems. We’ll catch up with ALAN ROBOCK, a climatologist at Rutgers University who has been researching geoengineering for several years and can speak of technologies and their consequences. We’ll also be joined by journalist and author JEFF GOODELL, who spent years traveling the world speaking to scientists, philosophers, politicians, and entrepreneurs to research his book, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate.