In this important and insightful event, British science writer and environment editor, Oliver Morton, explores the history, politics and cutting-edge science of geo-engineering and weighs the promise and perils of a number of controversial strategies.

A small but increasingly influential group of scientists have been exploring proposals for planned human intervention in the climate system. Potential approaches include a stratospheric veil against the sun, the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton and fleets of unmanned ships seeding the clouds.

Here, Oliver will address the fear that comes with seeing humans as a force of nature, while asking what it might mean and what it might require of us to try to use that force for good.

About The Speaker

Oliver Morton

Oliver Morton is a senior editor at The Economist. He is the author of Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World, Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet, and The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Asteroid 10716 Olivermorton is named in his honour.

 

About The Moderator

Jon Turney

Jon Turney is a science writer and editor based in Bristol. He has taught science studies at UCL and non-fiction writing at Imperial College, & commissioned pop science at Allen Lane/Penguin Press. His books include Frankenstein’s Footsteps, Lovelock and Gaia, The Rough Guide to the Future and most recently I, Superorganism (2015). He is currently writing a beginner’s guide to neuroscience.