Atmospheric Science

June 9th, 2014

The year 1957 marked a sea change in the transition from meteorology to atmospheric science and from charismatic leadership to committee work, corporate organization and state sponsorship.

From new book MS…

In Transit: From Meteorology to Atmospheric Science

March 6th, 2014

Upcoming lectures:

Friday 21 March in Manchester, UK
1:00 PM, Simon Building, Lecture Theatre D, University of Manchester
Jim Fleming, “In Transit: From Meteorology to Atmospheric Science”

Monday 24 March in Stockholm, Sweden
9 am to 1 pm workshop at KTH — Host Nina Cyrén Wormbs

2 pm colloquium at MISU — Host Michael Tjernström

Tuesday 25 March in Bergen, Norway
TBA — Host Gunnar Ellingsen

Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2014

March 6th, 2014

Fleming quoted in a front page article in LA Times on March 5, 2014: “Climate engineering ideas no longer considered pie in the sky,”,0,3602250.story#ixzz2v7PEHvt2

“I have seen all kinds of proposals,” said James Fleming, author of “Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control” and a member of the National Academy geo-engineering committee. “There is a crazy new one in my email every week,” he said. “There are a lot of Rube Goldbergs out there, and some Dr. Strangeloves.”

A Brief History of Weather and Climate Control (Video)

January 20th, 2014

Jim Fleming

A Brief History of Weather and Climate Control

Washington Geoengineering Consortium, 2014

videography by Abe Krieger


Sigma Xi

November 18th, 2013

“Convergence: Atmospheric Science, Technology, and Society, 1900-1960,” Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture, Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of Sigma Xi and Allegheny College, Oct. 31, 2013.

Bigelow Labs

November 18th, 2013

“Fixing the Sky,” Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Seminar, East Boothbay Harbor, ME, Nov. 15, 2013.

Chemical Heritage Foundation

November 18th, 2013

“Artificial Clouds,” presentation at the conference on Sensing Change: Mapping the Climatic Imaginary through Art, Science and History, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, November 9, 2013.

Georgia Tech

November 18th, 2013

Dissertation defense, external examiner for Angela Long Callahan, “Satellite Meteorology in the Cold War Era: Scientific Coalitions and International Leadership,” Georgia Institute of Technology, Nov. 6, 2013.

Just Published Opinion Article

November 5th, 2013

Fleming, James R. 2013. “A History of Weather and Climate Control.” Opinion Article, Geoengineering Our Climate Working Paper and Opinion Article Series. Available at:

Fixing the Sky, Japanese edition

September 6th, 2012

Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.  Japanese edition, Shinobu Onizawa, transl.  Tokyo: Kinokunya, 2012.