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Under a White Sky

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Elizabeth Kolbert

Nature has always been a target of human regulation. In many instances, we've been successful, but in doing so, we've introduced new issues that now pose a threat to the survival of various life forms on our planet. Several of these issues can be fixed with relatively simple interventions like fake caverns and electric fish barriers. Others, however, call for more radical solutions, such as carbon removal, solar geoengineering, and genetic engineering, to mention a few. The potential repercussions of not putting these solutions into practice are just too serious to ignore, even though they may seem dangerous, uncomfortable, or disconcerting.

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Throughout history, mankind has struggled against nature. This book explores how engineers, scientists, and others are trying to fix the problems that arise when we win that battle. It’s our duty to explore all available remedies for the serious damage we’ve caused, whether quaint or grand, quirky or dreadful.

Book summary

Nature has always been a target of human regulation. In many instances, we've been successful, but in doing so, we've introduced new issues that now pose a threat to the survival of various life forms on our planet. Several of these issues can be fixed with relatively simple interventions like fake caverns and electric fish barriers. Others, however, call for more radical solutions, such as carbon removal, solar geoengineering, and genetic engineering, to mention a few. The potential repercussions of not putting these solutions into practice are just too serious to ignore, even though they may seem dangerous, uncomfortable, or disconcerting.

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The coastline of Louisiana is vanishing due to the levee system.

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Manipulating nature might result in environmental damage.

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The balance of certain ecosystems may be restored through gene editing.

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Humans are essential to the survival of species like pupfish.

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Global warming might be stopped through carbon removal.

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