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"Geoengineering is generally defined as the application of engineering techniques to alter the planet as a whole...as Mr. Kintisch relates, these remedies are not necessarily simple and even their easy-to-envision consequences can be alarming."
New York Times
"Hack the Planet
is a superbly written and reported chronicle of a remarkable story. In just a few years 'geoengineering' fixes to climate change--simulating volcanoes, CO2-sucking, cloud-brightening--have gone from crackpot to considered ideas. Eli Kintisch's book is boundlessly smarter and more deeply researched on this topic than Superfreakonomics
. Expect to hear much more in coming years from the planet-hackers--and from Kintisch."
—Eric Roston, author of The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat
"As climate change goes unmitigated and continues to worsen, it seems we can no longer avoid a public debate on the prospect of planetary geoengineering--doing something probably bad to the planet to avert something even worse. It will be an Earth-changing discussion, and no one should feel competent to participate without having first read Eli Kintisch's Hack the Planet, an indispensable introduction to the topic. The scientific ideas he explains and characters he depicts are compelling and occasionally riveting."
—Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science and Unscientific America
"Anyone who considers themselves scientifically literate had better get versed in the new discipline of geo-engineering--or planethacking, as Eli Kintisch calls it in this nuanced and useful new account. This discussion is not going to go away anytime soon!"
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making A Life on a Tough New Planet
"Loathe or love it, geoengineering has come in from the fringe. Is rewiring the atmosphere the riskiest weapon against global climate change or the only realistic one--or both? It's hard to imagine a more thorough and accessible guide to the science, and the stakes, than Eli Kintisch has provided."
—Jonathan Rauch, senior writer, National Journal and contributing editor, The Atlantic