• Hacking Planet Earth

  • Technologies That Can Counteract Climate Change and Create a Better Future
  • By: Thomas M. Kostigen
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Hacking Planet Earth

By: Thomas M. Kostigen
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
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Publisher's Summary

An exploration of the cutting-edge technology that will enable us to confront the realities of climate change.

For decades scientists and environmentalists have sounded the alarm about the effects of global warming. We are now past the tipping point. As floods, storms, and extreme temperatures become our daily reality, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" efforts aren't enough anymore. In Hacking Planet Earth, New York Times best-selling author Thomas Kostigen takes listeners to the frontlines of geoengineering projects that scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and other visionaries around the world are developing to solve the problems associated with climate change.

From giant parasols hovering above the Earth to shield us from an unforgiving sun, to lasers shooting up into clouds to coax out much-needed water, Kostigen introduces listeners to this inspiring work and the people who are spearheading it. These futurist, far- thinking, world-changing ideas will save us, and Hacking Planet Earth offers listeners their new vision for the future.

©2020 Thomas M. Kostigen (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Greenhouse gas emissions are rising and storms are brewing. Will humanity respond to climate change in time? Thomas Kostigen takes us on a fascinating tour of innovations worldwide, some uplifting and some ominous, that may help us to manage climate change."(Dr. Robert Lempert, Nobel Peace Prize winning member, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

"Kostigen travels to the ends of the earth on a daring and thrilling eco adventure to discover who and what can save our dying planet, and he comes back with great stories, astonishing ideas, and radiant hope for our collective future." (Bradley Trevor Greive, New York Times best-selling author and host of Animal Planet)

"Kostigen delves into the climate crisis with an unflinching look at what might save us; just as the time to solve climate destruction is quickly running out." (Leila Conners, founder, Tree Media and director of HBO's celebrated documentary, Ice on Fire)

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basically pr fluff with little to no investigation

surprised that such an important topic received such superficial treatment. there's a lot of potential to help the world here. unfortunately, it's mixed in with and undifferentiated from reprinted corporate pr

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I found this book fascinating

I found this book fascinating... Faced with the devastating potential outcomes from climate change, Kostigen provides a high-level overview of many possible geoengineering solutions. Some seem outrageous / some seem crazy / some might be needed. Regardless, it is really interesting to learn more about them! Easy to read, entertaining and educational.

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The broad coverage of this book, beyond classic “bioengineering “ is its greatest strength. For example, it discussed new technology of bladeless wind turbines & hydropanels. Weaknesses include superficial coverage, irritating jokes & errors. For example, wet bulb temp is obtained with a moist cloth wrapped on a thermometer bulb, not a light bulb.