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Can Science Fix Climate Change?

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ISBN-10: 0745682065

ISBN-13: 9780745682068

Edition: 2014

Authors: Mike Hulme

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Climate change seems to be an insurmountable problem. Political solutions have so far had little impact. Some scientists are now advocating the so-called 'Plan B', a more direct way of reducing the rate of future warming by reflecting more sunlight back to space, creating a thermostat in the sky.    In this book, Mike Hulme argues against this kind of hubristic techno-fix. Drawing upon a distinguished career studying the science, politics and ethics of climate change, he shows why using science to fix the global climate is undesirable, ungovernable and unattainable. Science and technology should instead serve the more pragmatic goals of increasing societal resilience to weather risks, improving regional air quality and driving forward an energy technology transition. Seeking to reset the planet's thermostat is not the answer.  Climate change seems to be an insurmountable problem. Political solutions have so far had little impact. Some scientists are now advocating the so-called 'Plan B', a more direct way of reducing the rate of future warming by reflecting more sunlight back to space, creating a thermostat in the sky.    In this book, Mike Hulme argues against this kind of hubristic techno-fix. Drawing upon a distinguished career studying the science, politics and ethics of climate change, he shows why using science to fix the global climate is undesirable, ungovernable and unattainable. Science and technology should instead serve the more pragmatic goals of increasing societal resilience to weather risks, improving regional air quality and driving forward an energy technology transition. Seeking to reset the planet's thermostat is not the answer. 
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 4/25/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

Mike Hulme is Professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and was the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research from 2000 to 2007. His research interests include representations of climate change in history, society and the media, the design and uptake of climate scenarios, and the interaction between climate change science and policy. His previous book Why We Disagree About Climate Change was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He has prepared climate scenarios and reports for the UK Government (including the UKCIP98 and UKCIP02 scenarios), the European Commission, the IPCC, UNEP, UNDP and WWF-International. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 35 book chapters on these and other topics, together with over 230 reports and popular articles about climate change. He is co-editor of the journal Global Environmental Change and editor-in-chief of the newly launched Wiley's Interdisciplinary Review Climate Change. He delivered the prestigious Queen's Lecture in Berlin in 2005 and won the Hugh Robert Mill Prize in 1995 from the Royal Meteorological Society.