Climate Engineering

This week: is there a way to tweak Earth's thermostat?

Episode 98 | July 2, 2010

Episode 98: Climate Engineering by Distillations Podcast

As atmospheric carbon dioxide increases, does the world have to get hotter? Controlling the earth’s weather and climate is this week’s topic. But is it a dangerous game played by deluded fools or a solution to our planet’s problems? First we look at attempts to increase rainfall by using silver iodide. Next up, historian of science James R. Fleming discusses the checkered past of climate engineering and offers some thoughts for the future. Finally, we look at attempts to use ocean plants to reduce carbon dioxide. Chemical Agent: Silver Iodide.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:26 Introduction
01:11 Chemical Agent: Silver Iodide
03:02 Interview: James R. Fleming on Climate Engineering
07:47 Storing Carbon with Phytoplankton
11:19 Closing Credits


This show was written and researched by Michal Meyer and Hilary Domush.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley and Magnatune. Additional music includes “Frogs in the Seine,” by The Jackass-Penguin Show and “schiza,” by d-alternative.

Image courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales Collection.