Geoengineering Earth's climate : resetting the thermostat

by Swanson, Jennifer,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction TD171.9.S93 2018
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Call Number  TD171.9.S93 2018
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult YA 551.68 SWANS
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y 551.6 SWA
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Scott Township Library Nonfiction YA 551.68 SWANSO
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Most scientists agree that Earth is warming rapidly. Glaciers are melting and rising seawaters are submerging islands and coastal cities. In the coming decades, millions will likely have to escape extreme weather caused by climate change.

Some scientists say we need to act faster and with radical new technologies--now--to save our planet. They propose geoengineering, or "engineering Earth," to reset our global thermostat. Ideas include thickening clouds with chemicals to reduce the amount of sunlight and pulling carbon dioxide from the air with machines. However, critics say that geoengineering could backfire and create even worse weather. Is geoengineering too risky? Or is it our best hope of survival?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This book succinctly introduces ideas proposed by geoengineers to counteract climate change, and addresses each idea's benefits and risks. The author states the science of geoengineering is relatively new, and none of these ideas are in widespread use, although some, like cloud seeding, have been used for years sometimes with disastrous results. Besides reforestation and switching to renewable and alternative fuels, bioengineers are working to create large-scale technologies like chemically thickening clouds to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the ground, or placing giant mirrors in space to reflect sunlight away from the planet. The author emphasizes that many of these suggestions many be cost prohibitive, impractical, and have uncertain outcomes, and that from moral or ethical standpoints, not everyone agrees they should be used. Practical ways young people can help to reduce climate change now are appended, and graphs, color illustrations, source notes, glossary, and a selected bibliography are also included. This much-needed resource for this age group will be useful for student research.--Rawlins, Sharon Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Environmental engineering.
Climate change mitigation.
Climatic changes.
Global warming.
Carbon sequestration.
Publisher Minneapolis :2018
Language English
Description 96 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781512415698
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