Business as usual

Geo-engineering – magic bullet or poison chalice?

Business as usual

Earthmasters: Playing God with the Climate

by Clive Hamilton

Allen & Unwin, $24.99 pb, 246 pp, 9781743312933

‘No’ is not part of modern consumer life. ‘Yes’ is the catchcry of the market. Despite the best efforts of scientists and activists, it may be too late to phase out fossil fuels and find alternatives to the mass consumerism that is so dependent on them. Human-induced global warming’s tipping point is nigh. There is almost no turning back. Geo-engineering – climate engineering – has appeared as a magic weapon in the battle against climate change and global warming so that business can continue as usual.

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Published in March 2013 no. 349
Amanda McLeod

Amanda McLeod

Amanda McLeod is an historian and writer with more than thirty publications on mass-consumerism, its alternatives, and sustainability.

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