Archive for August, 2010

NYT advance review

August 25th, 2010

New York Times, June 28, 2010 by Cornelia Dean, “When the Day After Tomorrow has Come,”

[Fleming maintains that] “geoengineering proposals are “untested, untestable and dangerous beyond belief.” He fits them neatly into what he calls “a long tradition of imaginative and speculative literature involving the ‘control’ of nature.” Read more…

New Scientist

August 24th, 2010

The hokum and hubris of geoengineering our climate

FIXING the weather is an old science fiction standby. Today, some believe we can fix our atmosphere’s ills by geoengineering the climate. Science historian James Rodger Fleming is having none of it. Read more…

Stockholm seminar, Sept. 2

August 24th, 2010

Seminarium med James R Fleming: ”Fixing the Sky: Historical perspectives on weather and climate control”… Read more

Shooting at the sky

August 24th, 2010

From an interview with Sandra Chung:

When I was a student of atmospheric science, I became aware of weather control, but I wasn’t convinced about its usefulness. There was a military guy, a corporal. He was trying to get his master’s degree in atmospheric science as part of an Air Force rotation. His project was to shoot laser beams at clouds to see if he could make them get bigger and angrier. It never worked. But he had this mindset, well what do you do with a cloud? You shoot at it. Read more…

Fixing the Sky, Book tour dates

August 21st, 2010

Sept. 1, Oslo, Norway, host Prof. Robert Marc Friedman, robert.friedman@iakh.uio.no
Sept. 2, Stockholm, Sweden, host Prof. Sverker Sörlin, sorlin@kth.se
Sept. 3, Aarhus, Denmark, host Prof. Matthias Heymann, matthias.heymann@ivs.au.dk

History matters

August 20th, 2010

What counts as knowledge?  This new book on the history of weather and climate engineering triggered a 2009 invitation from the US House Committee on Science and Technology to present testimony and answer questions.  Now the US General Accountability Office has asked for my input to a study of climate change response strategies.  History should inform sound public policy, and this is an example in which “history matters” to more than just historians.

Study the past.  Without history, technocrats with nothing more than current “best science” perspectives will be running the show and trying to “fix the sky” with some very heavy-handed techniques.