Nov. 29 . 2011 — Colby College historian James R. Fleming discusses his book, “Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control” (2010). Fleming’s work traces the efforts of visionaries and charlatans since antiquity to manipulate weather and climate, including weather manipulation in classical mythology, 19th century attempts to make it rain, and British military undertakings to clear fog from airport runways during World War II. Fleming strongly cautions against proposals for “geoengineering” to mitigate climate change.
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