AAAS Meeting in San Jose

February 13th, 2015

There are several interesting climate sessions this year at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose, all on Valentine’s Day! Read more »

October Events

August 25th, 2014


Oct. 3, 2014 University of South Carolina: Departments of Geography and History, 3:30 pm,  Callcott 201, A New Look at Atmospheric Science and Technology: 1900-1960

Oct. 9-10 2014 Invited talk for the conférence internationale, Images environnementales globales: nouvelles perspectives, Espace Isadora Duncan, Paris-Meudon, France, Imag(e)ining Technocultures: Big picture framings

Oct. 17, 2014 Colby Family Weekend: STS Program, 4:00 pm, Lovejoy 100, Anne Louise Beck (1896-1982): Bringing Bergen Methods to the US. The most important scientist you have never heard about.

Oct. 24, 2014 Rotman Institute of Philosophy, London, Ontario, Candada, Invited talk for Climate Modelling and the Epistemology of Climate Change9:00 am-5:00 pm, Ivey-Spencer Leadership Centre, Dynamic climatology: Historical perspectives on shape-shifting nouns



September Events

August 25th, 2014

@Captain Weather

Sept. 25, 2014 Colby College, Dean’s lunchtime talk, 12 noon, Miller Library, Entreprenours of Atmospheric Research, 1900-1960

Sept. 26, 2014 Rutgers University, Department of Environmental Science, 2:30 pm in ENRS Room 223, “Everything Atmospheric, Everywhere, Always” A History of Atmospheric Research 1900-1960

CaptainWeather Events Aug. 2014

August 25th, 2014


Just back from Climate Engineering conference in Berlin, Germany.  Two presentations recorded in advance:

Fleming, J.R. “Fixing Everything: Technology, Public Intellectuals, and the Interventionist Anthropocene,”

Fleming, J.R. “Metaphors and Images of Climate Control,”

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.