Has It Come to This?: The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering on the Brink (Nature, Society, and Culture) (Paperback)

Has It Come to This?: The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering on the Brink (Nature, Society, and Culture) By J.P. Sapinski (Editor), Holly Jean Buck (Editor), Andreas Malm (Editor) Cover Image
By J.P. Sapinski (Editor), Holly Jean Buck (Editor), Andreas Malm (Editor)
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Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system in an attempt to mitigate the adverse effects of global warming. Now that climate emergency is upon us, claims that geoengineering is inevitable are rapidly proliferating. How did we get into this situation where the most extreme path now seems a plausible development? Is it an accurate representation of where we are at? Who is this “we” who is talking? What options make it onto the table? Which are left out? Whom does geoengineering serve? Why is the ensemble of projects that goes by that name so salient, even though the community of researchers and advocates is remarkably small? These are some of the questions that the thinkers contributing to this volume are exploring from perspectives ranging from sociology and geography to ethics and Indigenous studies. The editors set out this diverse collection of voices not as a monolithic, unified take on geoengineering, but as a place where creative thinkers, students, and interested environmental and social justice advocates can explore nuanced ideas in more than 240 characters. 

About the Author

J. P. SAPINSKI is an assistant professor of environmental studies and public policy at Université de Moncton in Canada. His work draws from the critical political economy and power structure research traditions to map out the constellations of corporate interests involved in the politics of climate change and energy, including geoengineering politics. He is co-author of Organizing the 1%: How Corporate Power Works.
HOLLY JEAN BUCK is an assistant professor of environment and sustainability at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, NY. She is the author of After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration. She has written on several aspects of climate engineering, including policy for scaling up carbon removal. 
ANDREAS MALM teaches human ecology at Lund University in Sweden. He is the author of Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, and The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World.

Praise For…

"Has It Come to This provides insight into the rise of geoengineering onto the world stage, painting a picture of societal power in a global system. In this book, the editors decisively highlight the role of power and politics in defining technologically, economically, and politically feasible paths forward."
— Rachael Shwom

"Sapinski, Buck, Malm, and their trans-Atlantic team of realists, Marxists, and discourse theorists amplify how twenty-first-century citizens live under terms set by corporations, states, big science, and media in a post-truth era. Taking up the mystifications of solar geo-engineering, their essays look not so much at global ecological impacts, but ask, What are the chances for democratic climate governance?"
— Ariel Salleh

"2020 New Reads"
— Natural Hazards Center

"What are the promises and perils of geoengineering?" by Charlotte Hsu
— The University of Buffalo

"Has it Come to This? is an essential primer for understanding the context of recent geoengineering developments and should find wide appeal for both dedicated researchers and the interested public....[T]he collection provides a helpful guide for critical scholars looking to engage with what seems likely to be one of the most major debates in coming times."
— Capitalism Nature Socialism

Product Details
ISBN: 9781978809352
ISBN-10: 1978809352
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: November 13th, 2020
Pages: 260
Language: English
Series: Nature, Society, and Culture