You Are Invited: “Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control”

Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change Security Program, Program on America and the Global Economy, and Science and Technology Innovation Program for a book launch of:

Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control


James Rodger Fleming, Author, Fixing the Sky, and Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Colby College

Chaired by:

Geoff Dabelko, Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

October 6, 2010

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA

Please RSVP with your name and affiliation to

The archived video of this event will be available within 1-2 weeks of the program date at Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

As the international community struggles to agree on ways to address climate change, geoengineering has garnered increased attention from governments and scientists. Environmental historian James Fleming argues in his new book, Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control, that a concerted study of the history, social aspects, and governance of technological interventions and geoengineering proposals, both past and present, is crucial to informing the debate.

“Geoengineering is in fact untested and dangerous. We don’t understand it, we can’t test it on smaller than planetary scales, and we don’t have the political capital, wisdom, or will to govern it. Planetary tinkering is not ‘cheap,’ as some economists claim, since the side effects are unknown,” asserts the former Wilson Center public policy scholar asserts in Fixing the Sky.

Weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture over the last two centuries, Fleming reminds policymakers and scientists of the political, military, and ethical implications of managing the world’s climate. Based on archival and primary research, Fleming’s original story speaks to anyone who has a stake in sustaining the planet.

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 6th Floor Flom Auditorium. A map to the Center is available here. Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.


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